A few months ago I pushed the pause button on this website to pursue an impromptu Master of Theological Studies at a nationally accredited online Seminary.

Well, I have finished. I completed the remaining 3 courses I needed for the degree requirements and also passed the surprise Comprehensive Exam with an 89% (surprised because they failed to tell me there was one until I was almost finished with the rest of the course work).

But now I’ve got a dilemma and I need your advice. Now that I’m going to graduate in December with a Master’s degree, I have the opportunity to go on and get a PhD at Liberty University (or should I go to another school)?

What does this all mean for my Unschooled Master of Theology program?

Read on and see if any of you can help me with this decision….

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You might have noticed posts on this blog have suddenly stopped. The reason is two-fold, really. First, I had a backlog of written posts scheduled out, along with the daily podcast of my books spread out over the course of a month or so. This gave me ample time to keep writing and scheduling, as long as nothing got in the way.

Well, the second part is what got in the way, and that was my MA in Theological Studies.

So, I’m taking a break this morning (actually did not have enough time last night to prep my last paper for the second to last class, which means I have a lot of time today with nothing to do for my degree) to write an update on what’s happening concerning my education and my Unschooled Master of Theology program.

Needless to say, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride….

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So, while taking a break from my Unschooled Master of Theology Program and now my Master of Theology at NationsU, I caught one of my favorite movies, Up in the Air.

You know, the movie with George Clooney and Anna Kendrick, directed by Jason Reitman – you know, right?

Well, if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s a really great movie with a great cast and touches on the fundamental nature of humans and how we treat each other (and ourselves).

So, lets tackle this fascinating movie and see where we end up.

Here we go…

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I recently finished a book I thought was great, so I decided to write a review about it.

Even though it’s not directly connected to my Unschooled Master of Theology Program, it’s an interesting story and is the first book in the Origin Mystery Trilogy by A.G. Riddle. The book I finished this week was The Atlantis Gene.

Care to find out how the world began?

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I take breaks to divide up the research for my Unschooled Master of Theology Program, trying to avoid burnout, and the last couple of weeks I’ve been getting my cop fix with NYPD Blue. It’s been several years since it was on television, though binge watching all twelve seasons is a great way to break up reading and research strain.

So, lets jump in and talk about one of the best shows in television history. Maybe the best show ever…

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I’ve written a few of these posts as of late, discussing the possibility of going back to grad school. I’m not completely certain how I came about this decision. It was only a few weeks ago when I started looking one more time, yet again and again, circumstances and resources just kept falling into place, making me ask the question, “Why don’t you go back?” or “What’s stopping you from going?”

Even with this recent turn of events, it will still work into my Unschooled Master of Theology program, actually quite perfectly.

So, lets talk updates on going back to grad school and see where we’re at…

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This week I finished the Science and the Bible course by KI and figured I’d write up a review on it since it’s part of my Unschooled Master of Theology Program. While you’re at it, you can also check out my other assignments for my uThM here.

At first, my thoughts on this course were a little negative, but since finishing I’ve changed my view a little. I think my poor satisfaction has more to do with these courses being primarily review and not challenging me at all. If I’m being fair, this is not the fault of the course content, it’s my fault for taking the course.

But, the content Chuck Missler presents is always fascinating, even if I’ve heard it before. So, let’s dig in and see what he’s talking about in the Beyond Series.

Here we go…

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This evening while watching a Theology Program lecture (about death, actually), I wandered over to the Credo House Blog and found the recent blog post by Michael Patton entitled, “For Christians Who Want to die.”

My first response was, “Well, I want to die! This article was written for me!” So I clicked the link and started reading, and that subsequently prodded me to write a response.

Although it’s not directly part of my Unschooled Master of Theology program, it could be considered tangential in some ways. Especially since one of the main research questions for my program centers on the nature and reality of death (albeit not necessarily on suicide but it’s close enough).

So, let’s dig into Michael’s article and see what we come away with…

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This is the last assignment for the Koinonia Institute course Science and the Bible. This course follows the KWL format and below are my answers for the seventh and eighth lectures titled: Beyond Newton. This is part of the coursework for my Unschooled Master of Theology program.

Ready to discover the true nature of our reality and what lies beyond it?

Let’s find out…

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I heard back from the Verification Office at Liberty University concerning my unofficial transcripts. Surprisingly, they accepted three graduate courses from Nations University, but even more surprisingly, they rejected all three courses from American Public University!

What?

I was a bit flabbergasted, then, after reading the fine print, and after a few follow up emails, discovered what was going on.

Needless to say, I was on the verge of just calling it quits and continuing on my Unschooled Master of Theology program.

But, there were a few silver linings to take advantage of, so, let’s discuss all the updates pertaining to Liberty and my possible venture back into grad school…

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This is the third of four assignments for the Koinonia Institute course Science and the Bible. This course follows the KWL format and below are my answers for the fifth and sixth lectures titled: Beyond Perception. This is part of the coursework for my Unschooled Master of Theology program.

Ready to discover the true nature of our reality and what lies beyond it?

Let’s find out…

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Over the last week and a half I’ve been, believe it or not, thinking a lot about Grad School. Yeah, I know. Again. Am I ever going to get this out of my system already?

Well, the fact is, there is rarely a point in the last several years that I’m not in some way or another thinking about Grad School – how I could return, what would be the benefit of returning, what kind of ROI could there be if I actually finished my degree?

This continual pondering does not jeopardize my Unschooled Master of Theology program. In actuality, it would fit right in, given that a ThM is a kind of hybrid, with somewhat of a tangential purpose – after the MA and before the PhD or MDiv. So, if I actually went back and got my MA and then even went on and got my PhD, my uThM would fit in perfectly between those two degrees, albeit somewhat retrospectively (and, of course, not accredited).

But, I’m jumping the gun here a little. Let’s back up and discuss my overall academic motivations (because who doesn’t like to do that?), how I got here, what’s actually happening, and where I see this possibly going and what kind of chances do I give the idea of me actually going back to grad school.

Despite how crazy it might sound…

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