The Master's College/Seminary (Theology)
Teaching has been, in many ways, a natural outpouring of my desire to learn. Perhaps this is reflected in my desire to expand on my education at The Master's Seminary, where I served as class secretary in my final year. Since then I served as a pastor for several years, where I enjoyed helping others to think and learn.
The greatest teaching instills both a desire and the skill to learn. It is not enough, and indeed can be stifling, to merely provide information for the student to regurgitate. Rather, the teacher's goal is to teach the student how to think. As Socrates stated, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
My teaching style is a type of Socratic method that helps guide the student to discover the truth, often through a series of questions that help them draw their own conclusions. Such teaching fosters skills and confidence that can be applied to any discipline, providing much more than just the knowledge of the course.
Economics will be taught according to the Austrian school, embracing a laissez faire perspective and the realization that all human action is, in fact, a form of economic activity. This naturally spills over into public policy from a libertarian perspective. Students who are taught to think accordingly find that their thoughts are much freer and the world is much different than they original perceived, promoting greater breadth and more freedom in how they approach their future.
Bible studies and theology is taught from a perspective somewhere between CH Spurgeon and John MacArthur, recognizing Scripture as inerrant and infallible. These can be taught in great depth, depending upon the student's knowledge. Biblical Greek can be taught at an introductory level, with some possibility of introductory biblical Hebrew if the student is interested. Religion will focus on church history and the development of thought throughout the centuries, with flexibility on the time frame.
Web design is limited to introductory WordPress front-end work. This will include hands-on training in order to familiarize the student with the WordPress dashboard, plugins and other tools in order perform necessary tasks to develop a working website.
The focus, regardless of which course you prefer, will be more on helping the student to engage with the material and pursue a life of learning than necessarily on the tests. If they can engage intelligently and are equipped to think through the issues, they will be better prepared for their future.
Grades will be given according to how well they apply themselves and interact with the material. In order to help promote the student's desire to learn, I will encourage tangent studies and rabbit trails along the way, according to the student's desires. This helps to develop greater creativity and promote genuine thinking, which helps to equip them to learn any discipline they care to put their minds to in the future.
This is the method and philosophy we used to teach our own sons, striving to instill in them the ability to teach themselves anything. Both have excelled in this, achieving great success in their jobs by their mid-20s. It is my desire to help more youth become productive by developing a can-do attitude and the realization that they can do anything they set their minds to.
There really is no age requirement for these courses. The only real requirements are that the student has decent reading comprehension and is mature enough and willing to engage in critical thinking.
The 24 hour cancellation policy is needed in order for me to be able to schedule my week for greatest productivity while striving to still be as flexible as possible. We're in a fairly remote area, so it's best to study online. If transportation costs are covered, I can be available to meet in person.
I look forward to getting to know you as we learn together.
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
- Albert Einstein Teaching has been, in many ways, a natural outpouring of my desire to learn. Perhaps this is reflected in my desire to expand on my education at The Master's Seminary, where I served as class secretary in my final year. Since then I served as a pastor for several years, where I enjoyed helping others to think and learn.
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I graduated from The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, CA, with a 3.4 GPA. Prior to that I taught and preached in the local church. Afterward I preached when opportunity presented, was active locally and served as a pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Escanaba, MI, for several years. Today I teach at our church as needed and am involved in church planting and equipping pastors in Chile.
I've taken two years of biblical Greek and used exegetical skills to study the Bible for several years. I would only be comfortable teaching biblical Greek at an introductory level.