Offseason at the seminary

We are currently in the summer break at the Seminary, which means no classes until March. In some ways, this is a relief, as it can get unbearably hot these days, apologies to those freezing in the UK!

What does a seminary teacher get up to these days, apart from preaching at anniversary services (see the previous post)? Well, much of my time is spent preparing for the coming term, which often means hours of reading books, articles and writing notes, hence no nice photos. Although unglamorous this in nonetheless vital to avoid getting overwhelmed when the term starts.

Nonetheless, not all has stopped at the seminary. I love a Peanuts cartoon strip in which Snoopy claims to have taught Woody how to fly. We then see a picture of Woody trying to fly and ending splattered on the floor, Snoopy then explains, “I said that I taught him, not that he learnt…” One of the risks of theological education is that we can concentrate so much of our efforts on what to teach, that we do not reflect on how to teach it. For this reason, the Seminary promoted a teaching training session for our teachers, led by one of our own, Deborah Borda, who has degrees in teaching.

Deborah Borda

Most evangelical politicians are ignorant, ill prepared and harmful to Christian witness

In the light of the political crises in many South American countries, and the growing distrust in democracy, the Seminary also promoted a conference on Church, Society and Democracy. We invited one of the leading Peruvian authors on evangelicals and democracy, Tomás Guttierrez, to present a paper, while both our principal and I presented papers. Given the feedback in the question and answers session, my paper, in which I call politics the evangelical Achilles’ heel in South America and claim that most evangelical politicians are ignorant, ill-prepared and harmful to Christian witness was the most controversial!