We made it through the first week

It seems like for­ev­er since I’ve post­ed a blog, and I sup­pose in the blog­ging world a week can be for­ev­er. However, here I am now!

The last week has gone by with much tired­ness and infor­ma­tion-over­load. After com­ing home from launch camp some­what tired after late nights, ear­ly morn­ings and a not so com­fort­able foam mat­tress I chose to pun­ish myself by doing a 5pm-11pm emer­gency shift. I don’t think it helped that I spent the whole of Monday from 9am till 5pm ner­vous­ly read­ing through my ED text­books, like I was about to sit an exam, such that by the time I actu­al­ly start­ed work I was already some­what tired. The shift went well (and I hear you all say “of course it did”) and the oth­er locum and I man­aged to some­how clear out the emer­gency depart­ment by close time at 11pm. Tuesday then was a much need­ed rest day and prepa­ra­tion for class­es. Needless to say I think I end­ed up spend­ing most of the day in a bit of a daze until I had to get off my back­side to make din­ner!

Wednesday was the big day though with the start of class­es (for me any­way). Chris had already had Theology and of course his Hebrew exam on Tuesday (which he seems to think he did ok in). My first class was Evangelism. It was excit­ing to have fierce the­o­log­i­cal dis­cus­sion about the dif­fer­ences between human­i­ty and evil and what we think the essen­tial parts to the gospel mes­sage are. It was an excit­ing start to the year, and I think it is going to be very prac­ti­cal also which is prob­a­bly a good idea for a the­o­log­i­cal col­lege 🙂

In the evening I had mis­sion per­spec­tives. It was a great intro­duc­to­ry class which stim­u­lat­ed much thought, and I man­aged to high­light most of the rec­om­mend­ed read­ing list for fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion. For exam­ple did you know, that while the apos­tle Paul was going about his mis­sion­ary work and trav­el­ling west from Jerusalem, the apos­tle Thomas (you know doubt­ing-Thomas) went to India shar­ing the gospel. God real­ly knew how to get the word out to “all nations!”

Thursday morn­ing was Old Testament. This class was a bit hard­er for me as the appli­ca­tions are not quite so obvi­ous. However I enjoyed the way our lec­tur­er involves the class in his teach­ing and we man­aged to have some great dis­cus­sion. Who knew that Genesis 1:1 has so many dif­fer­ent the­o­ries around it, and how they can each shape our the­ol­o­gy. Pretty cool. For Old Testament we have to read the whole Old Testament over the year. I guess it seems kind of obvi­ous, but I don’t think I’ve ever read through the whole old tes­ta­ment before so I’m ner­vous­ly excit­ed about the chance to do it.… and what bet­ter place than bible col­lege!!

Friday was basi­cal­ly a study day for both of us, although the scorch­ing heat was almost Adelaide-wor­thy. The main dif­fer­ence being that we don’t have air-con here so it was a lit­tle hard to con­cen­trate at times. Although the heat con­tin­ued into Saturday and Sunday, we had a great week­end.

We had a rest day on Saturday and went out to break­fast togeth­er (the first episode of Chris and Gill’s break­fast adven­tures… a series I am think­ing about start­ing on this blog, not sure yet though) and then enjoyed an after­noon of scrub­bing at the St Matts work­ing bee. Once again I would like to pub­licly thank the team of peo­ple who came to help me clean our house in Adelaide. After clean­ing walls in offices for an after­noon I have an even greater appre­ci­a­tion of your hard work in help­ing me clean our house!

We cleaned up and then were able to spend the evening with good friends who did live in Adelaide but now live in Melbourne. It was the per­fect meal (cold rolls) with love­ly friends.

Sunday was anoth­er study day, again a lit­tle unpro­duc­tive because of the heat, which now turned humid as the rain slow­ly rolled in. The great thing about hav­ing 39 degree days in Melbourne of course is that you know they won’t last for a week. No, in fact today (Monday) was mid-twen­ties and rain­ing all day. Such a nice change!

The great news for today was that I got offered a job, start­ing tomor­row. Thankfully I have been able to get this weeks read­ing done by today so I could hap­pi­ly accept the job tomor­row with­out any con­cerns about my study. I’m pray­ing that this new avenue for work will lead to a bit more con­sis­ten­cy in work, but we shall see. It’s a great answer to prayer that I have this work tomor­row though, so thank God with me for that!

By the way, I know I haven’t real­ly told you much about Chris this week. Sorry about that. He’s won­der­ful in case you didn’t know it. I promise to update you about him soon.

Praise God this week with us for
-A good start to the semes­ter, and lots to think about
-Work for this week
-Good friends to share life with

Please pray with us for
-Time man­age­ment as we get prop­er­ly stuck into study
-Opportunities to make new friends in Melbourne
-Ongoing work

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