We praise God for the ways he has continued to provide for my studies at Regent. There is no way that we could do this on our own and it is humbling and faith-building to see God work! The school has broken my tuition into four payments. I bought books, and have paid the first payment of $887. The funds for the second payment (due the end of September) have arrived as well! So we are joyfully watching to see how God will bring in the $1,200 needed to finish the semester!
Fall semester classes started August 26th and things in the Engberg household have been busy! A week before classes started, the professor of my New Testament Survey class, Dr. Lyle Story*, called me to introduce himself, chat and exchange contact information. This made a hugely positive first impression and my regard for him continues to increase.
As a professor at Regent since 1984, Dr. Story is an expert in his field and widely published. He sets the bar high for his students—which is a great environment for learning and makes it enjoyable. He has high standards for himself as well…as he has turned around grades within 24 hours of my submitting an assignment every single time!!
Dr. Story is teaching us critical thinking skills through literary analysis. There is a lot of reading and for everything we read and for the videos we watch, he has assigned us to write. We are not just to summarize, but to draw out the application and make observations that fit within a 21st-century church context. I’m enjoying the challenge as I learn new concepts and how to apply them.
This summer has been a season of reconnecting with friends and family. A couple that we have become good friends with invited us to spend a week with them in Destin Florida. What a blessing that was! We were certainly in need of refreshing. It is amazing how God provides for us in our times of need.
Even though I am not taking classes this summer, I continue to learn new things. As a seminary student, it is important that I remain humble in my pursuit of God’s calling on my life. Every day I pray for Him to show me something new and He continues to illuminate my blind spots. More specifically, the Holy Spirit has impressed on my heart the value of relationship in discipleship. Jesus did not merely regurgitate scripture or follow scripted lessons--he taught by using real life situations and circumstances.