One of the greatest parts of teaching is to travel and see how graduates are doing. This trip has allowed me to do this with two of my graduates who are in Romania and Germany. These church scenes are very distinct from each other and from the USA. In fact, the one on Berlin is a messianic congregation that has a messianic shabbat service (ie, they do church on Saturday). Today I took questions for an hour on anything and will teach a seminar on Jesus for three nights for three hours each night starting on Monday evening.To see these men, who have been out for eight years and one year respectively, do their thing is a reminder that what professors do has a living impact around the world. Both of these men have gone on for doctorates and are preparing to have an effective lifetime of ministry that also is aware of what is going on with the church. I spent yesterday with my German friend going over bibliography for his topic which will examine how Abraham has been seen in Jewish tradition, since his ministry is primarily to the Jewish community in Germany. He is blocks from the Frei (Free) University in Berlin and so can get much of his research done here.The church is in good hands with guys like these, not to mention the wonderful job their wives do in ministry and support!
In Berlin, A Real Joy To See Former Students Minister Well Aug 11