April 18, 2008

 

 

UGST Newsletter

                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                     
 

Where Will You Be in the Cool of the Evening?

In a recent Personal Spiritual Disciplines class, the professor gave a "gift" to students by assigning them to set aside 3 hours of alone time with God. There was to be no other work done and no other people present. Of course, this "gift" met with much resistance. Where can a busy grad student find three solid hours where he or she has no other responsibilities but to commune with God? Perhaps the professor did not understand that aside from papers, projects, research and reading, students are very active in churches, have jobs and must also set aside family/friends time. Did the professor know what it would feel like to be still for three hours with nothing to show for it? Was it possible the professor was totally out of touch with how extensive the "To Do" list is in students' lives? Still, the professor insisted.

It causes one to think. How busy is your life? If someone offered you this gift, would you receive it gratefully? We all have things that need done, even important things for God's kingdom, but do we get so busy that we cannot commune with the Creator in the manner in which He created us? If it was you or I in the garden, would we tell God to take a walk by Himself in the cool of the evening because there were still some animals that needed naming? Or could we stop everything else and seek His face?

The following are devotional questions and suggested reading about Adam and Eve adapted from The Journey Church of Anchorage bulletin, pastored by UGST alumnus, Toby Stevens ('03). I encourage you to go on your own three hour walk with God either by contemplating these questions/readings or however you choose.

Questions to Consider:

Why was I created?
What relationship do I desire to have with God?
What relationship does God desire to have with me?
How are other relationships in my life affected by my relationship with God? How does my relationship to God affect my other relationships?
What can I change in these relationships? What can't I change?
How can I live my life to be more in accord with who I was created to be?

Suggested Reading:

The Bible, Genesis 2-6
Paradise Lost by John Milton
The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain
Getting Marriage Right by David Gushee
I Don’t Want a Divorce by Cindy Miller


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Symposium Call for Papers

The UGST Symposium 2008, "Standing Together for Truth," will be held in conjunction with The Apostolic Fellowship Summit (association of Oneness leaders) on November 6-7. If there is a topic about which you'd like to write a paper or hold a panel discussion, abstracts and/or proposals are due by July 15 to dnorris@ugst.org. More information can be obtained by clicking here or by visiting www.ugst.org.


The RITE Experience

On June 17-20, 2008, those with experience in secular academia will come along side high schoolers as they prepare for the challenges of college life. Held at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center in Grafton, IL, young people will discover how to be successful in both their personal lives and academic environments. For more information and for scholarship info, go to theriteexperience.com or contact Rhonda Morley, rmorlely@ugst.org. Deadlines for registration will be extended on a case by case basis. Please be sure to pass along information about this life-transforming opportunity to all college bound high schoolers you know!

 

ATS Update

The Association of Theological Schools (the organization with which UGST is seeking accreditation) had a site visit on Thursday, April 10. The ATS representative had a busy day from separate meetings with faculty (full and half time), Executive Officers, staff members, and students/alumni to chapel services to lunch with Board members. He will submit his official report to the ATS Board in June who will review UGST's application as a whole and determine whether the school qualifies for Candidacy status. We are hopeful for a positive outcome as he expressed satisfaction with all that he saw and experienced. It's a great time to be involved with UGST!


 


April, 2008
04-18
Systematic Theology II
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Taught by Prof. Dave Norris. Class meeting times and locations are subject to change for service projects and other events.
04-22
Mission of the Church
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Taught by Prof. Jim Littles. Class meeting times and locations are subject to change for service projects and other events.
04-22
Christology
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Taught by Prof. Dave Norris. This course will be recorded on Tuesday evenings and uploaded for distance learning students to view by Wednesday afternoon.
04-23
Hebrew II
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Taught by Prof. Jeff Brickle. Class meeting times and locations are subject to change for service projects and other events.
04-24
Corinthians
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Taught by Prof. Dave Norris. Class meeting times and locations are subject to change for service projects and other events.
04-24
UGST Chapel--Classroom A
11:10 AM to 12:00 PM
Chaplain Major (US Air Force Reserve) David Pendleton will be ministering. Major Pendleton has a D. Min. in preaching from Asbury Seminary. All are welcome to attend.
04-24
Family Ministry
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Taught by Prof. Jim Littles. Class meeting times and locations are subject to change for service projects and other events.
04-24
New Testament Foundations
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Co-taught by Asst. Prof. Jeff Brickle and Pres. David Bernard. This course will be recorded on Thursday evenings and uploaded for distance learning students to view by Friday afternoon.
04-25
Systematic Theology II
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Taught by Prof. Dave Norris. Class meeting times and locations are subject to change for service projects and other events.
04-27
Last day for Thesis or Integrative Paper Defense

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