This document serves as the official Practicum Proposal (Practicum #1) for my Unschooled Master of Theology in Biblical Studies (uThM) program. This practicum will consist of no less than 100 hours of documented interaction with the avocation of online academic instruction, ultimately leading to the development of a comprehensive online Christian Philosophical Curriculum.

These documents will be updated periodically as progress is made.

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As part of my Unschooled Master of Theology Program I started working through the entire corpus of the Church Fathers. All 37 volumes.

I have just finished the first letter by Ignatius, The Epistle to the Ephesians. Not quite the page turner I always hope it will be. But there are some interesting points to bring up.

In this letter he appears to be arrested by authorities and will be delivered over to the executioners. He was apparently thrown to “the wild beasts” at Rome and “rent to pieces.”

It is hard for one to imagine in the West being tortured and beaten and ultimately killed all because of your faith. How many of us could truly say we would die for our faith?

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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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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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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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This is the second 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 thrid and fourth lectures titled: Beyond Coincidence. 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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As part of my Unschooled Master of Theology Program I started working through the entire corpus of the Church Fathers. All 37 volumes.

I have just finished the second letter in the series, The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus. I have to say, this was an interesting read. And, upon finishing this letter, I found myself turning to the next, making slow and purposeful use of background information so I can ascertain the best context available.

Interestingly, I’ve found myself desiring to read these documents in chronological order, which is surprisingly different than the order they are arranged in. I actually should have left Mathetes for after Ignatius, since it was written around 130 A.D. (and Polycarp around 108 A.D.), but Ignatius proceeded both, at 100 A.D. It is trivial, yes, but the first thing I noticed in Polycarp was the reference to the “Catholic Church,” which is not mentioned previous in earlier letters.

But, more on that later. Right now, let’s jump into all things Mathetes and discover a faith like few found today…

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This is the first 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 first two lectures titled: Beyond Time and Space. 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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