Sunday, May 28, 2006

Running Sound Again

My View from the sound board at FBC Statesville.

As many of you know, I was the sound technician at Bayshore for nearly 5 years before moving to Winston-Salem to attend Wake Forest. Many of you also know what a frustrating experience it was working with a system that was never right and having all attempts to correct the problem frustrated in one way or another. When I was approached about working on improving the sound system at FBC Statesville, I was obviously reluctant. As I researched their system, I was relieved to discover that it is not in nearly as bad of shape as Bayshore's was. The system is not bad, and the speakers and amps did not need to be replaced. We needed a new sound board (the current one is much better suited for studio work rather than live work) and a new DSP, but that was about it. Luckily we have a person in our church who installs sound systems for a living, and the pastor requested a meeting with the two of us. I was pleased to learn that there was some money available to fix the problem, and everyone in the meeting agreed on the direction and the equipment that needed to be purchased. I found out today that the equipment has been ordered and should be installed within a few weeks! Today was also the first Sunday I have run the sound on my own, and everything went fine, and it looks like this will become a weekly task for me as well. So, within two months of first addressing the problem, it will be fixed!

I also talked to my internship supervisor, Dr. James Reed, about my internship. I will be a roaming substitute teacher for Sunday School. Most of the classes are using the BaptistWay Press literature published by the Baptist General Convention of Texas, which is great literature. I have also been told that whenever I am ready to preach, he will be happy to arrange that for me. So, everything looks good on the internship front for next year.

I started Hebrew this week. The class is taught by Dr. Neal Walls, who also taught my Old Testament class. For those of you who know nothing about Biblical Hebrew, here are a few things I have learned so far:

Ncnt Hbrw s wrttn wtht vwls. - Ancient Hebrew is written without vowels. Vowels were added later.
There are some letters that change their appearance when they appear as the last letter of a word.
There is no way to say "yes" in Hebrew, but there is a "no."
Hebrew is written from right to left and in what we would consider back to front.

For those of you who have never seen what ancient Hebrew looks like, click here for a picture.

Finally, my parents, Gay and I went to see a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in Charlotte. We enjoyed it a lot, and it was kind of fun getting to show off some of the stuff I have learned this year. The exhibit was very well done, and getting to see pieces of the scrolls was amazing.

That's enough for now. Keep us in your prayers.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The First Year Is Over!

My first year of Divinity School is all over! (Except for summer classes.) If you don't believe I have worked hard, just look at the above picture of my keyboard. I am wearing the letters off the keyboard! The letters S, I, O, N, and L are all showing similar wear, and I bought this computer when I started school!

I have received my final grades for this semester, and they were all A's! Whoo Hoo! I was very excited about that. I will start taking Hebrew later this week, and will be working on that all summer. When I finish, I will be one credit hour ahead of where I need to be. I would like to thank First Baptist Church of Statesville for their scholarship which will pay all tuition and books for my summer classes. This is just another sign that I am where God wants me to be.

I also did some updating on the site today. I added CBF Headlines, fixed the weather display, and changed the Today in History display to one without any ads. I also added a link to my brother's website in the links section.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us this first year. It has been challenging at times, but we know we are where God wants us to be, but that does not always mean life is easy. It helps to know that we have people all over the country who care about us and are praying for us.

I hope to have some more time to write about my first year in the coming days and weeks. So keep your eyes open.