With four semesters in the books, and four more to go, it’s hard to believe that I am halfway through completing my Master of Arts: Christian Studies degree! This semester was different from the rest in that I didn’t have a single exam; all my big assignments were papers! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, but in hindsight, I really preferred it this way. Since I am fairly self-driven and good at spacing out my papers, it was a pretty stress-free semester (not to mention I didn’t have to worry about cramming for midterm or final exams). On top of that, I’ve really found my sweet spot for writing papers at the Graduate level. I’ve learned that putting a lot of time into the front end (researching, synthesizing, and outlining) has made the actual paper-writing go much quicker/smoother. For each paper, I spend about 6 hours on the front end and about 6-8 hours actually writing it. For all of these things, I am very thankful!
My first course was an Intercultural Ministry class: “Mission and Culture.” We covered how culture and ministry collide, which is very appropriate for us as we are called to serve in Japan once I graduate. My first paper was on “The Mission of God in the Old Testament”. I chose the topic to challenge me to not only focus on the New Testament in regard to God’s Mission, but to look deeper in the OT as well. Overall, it was a great learning experience and gives me a better appreciation for God’s sovereignty over the entire narrative of the Bible.