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Time Flies When You’re Learning Greek

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My goodness, the last few weeks have been a blur.  Apologies for not keeping up-to-date; between full-swing Greek, several weddings (congratulations Chrysta and Barrett, Mike and Krystin!) and work, I lost track of time.

Though it has certainly been a pleasant, albeit busy, couple of weeks, I am definitely looking forward to having a break in 2 weeks when the quarter ends.  I cannot believe how much I have learned!  The more I learn, the more it makes me want to learn more and that feels great.

It is a brisk October evening here in St. Louis, the leaves are turning and falling, and it reminds me a little bit of autumn in Michigan.  Everyone is getting excited for Halloween, costume planning and event organization occurring all over.  Last night, my dorm counselor Nick asked to borrow some sunglasses to complete his Neo costume from The Matrix.  He does a pretty good impression of Keanu Reeves, which is hilarious.

I’m particularly excited for the opportunity to see Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at the St. Louis Symphony on Saturday.  During the screening, a live string section is playing score of the film.  Alfred Hitchcock is one of my favorite directors, and to be able to see Psycho on the big screen with a live orchestra is so exciting!

Psycho

I was planning on showing you a quick peek of my work, so I will proceed to that.  I work for Technology Services here on campus, and my job is filming and editing video projects of the Seminary and the Synod.

Studio

This is our film studio.

Studio

From the other side

Andrew

My video buddy Andrew running the teleprompter for an interview with Dr. Meyer

A/V Room

A/V room in the chapel. Services are recorded from this room.

I really enjoy this job.  The people I work with are great and the job is interesting and utilizes my undergraduate degree.  Plus I get to play with all kinds of cool cameras and microphones and stuff.
I have to get rolling on some Greek homework.  I will be studying with the 3 Stooges tonight.
Eric, Andy and Harry

Eric, Andy and Harry, my neighbors.

Good night!

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October 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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Check out flickr!

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I’m working on a new post about our adventure to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, just trying to find time to write it, but I did create a flickr photostream to put all the photos I take.

Click Here to visit my photostream!  I plan on taking a lot of pictures, so there will always be something new!

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September 20, 2010 at 10:07 am

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Field Work and Post-study Photography

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The other day I was given my field work assignment.  The field work program is set up so that we get real-world experience working in a church so we don’t lose touch while studying and also to keep us involved with local congregations.  I will be doing my field work at Grace Lutheran Chapel, which is a beautiful church with some very friendly people.  I met Rev. Andy Bacon (who will be overseeing me) at the Installation reception and I attended my church for worship yesterday morning.  I’m really excited about my church and had a chance to meet some members of the congregation and join them for adult Bible class after service.

I will post some pictures of my church when I go back this week.

I spent most of yesterday studying my brains out for Greek.  I must have written the First Person Active Indicative and Middle paradigms and the 2nd Declension paradigms of Greek verbs and nouns over 300 times on a chalkboard in the basement of the library.

Fortunately I was not alone: I was working with my neighbor Josh and Josh (who happen to be roommates).

Josh K.

Josh K., my Greek studying friend

Josh P.

Josh P., reading a book about Luther's writings

Books

Study, Study, Study!

AHHHHH! GREEK!

That's the Greek-covered chalk board

After studying for hours, Josh P. and I left the library where I proceeded to take some night shots of campus while he talked to his fiance.  Enjoy!

Fountain at night

Fountain by the library at night

Josh on the steps by the cafeteria

Josh on the steps by the cafeteria

Small Quad

Josh and Garrett standing in the smaller quad.

Archway joining the quads

Archway that joins the 2 quads together

Luther Tower

Night Shot of Luther Tower

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September 13, 2010 at 10:23 am

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Prof-N-Stein and the Installation Service

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The last three days have been quite interesting.  Lot’s of events and goings-on, people running around and studying to do, but what a great weekend it was!

The kick-off of everything was definitely a little event held every Friday here at Concordia called Prof-N-Stein.  We all chip in a get a keg of some Schlafly’s beer (a local brewery) and a professor stands on a podium at one end of Wartburg Cafeteria and speaks for as long as he wants about whatever he wants.  There are so many great ways for the students to come together in community with the professors, and Prof-N-Stein is definitely one of the most interesting.

After Prof-N-Stein, my neighbors and I hung around for awhile, studying and doing things and running around campus.  Friday evening, however, I had to leave every one and go to work!  I was hired in as an A/V and graphics guy for the Seminary, and over the past week, we have been filming and streaming our chapel services held every day at 11:10am.  Much of what I worked on this week was done in preparation for Saturday’s main event: the installation service of the LCMS’s new president, Matthew Harrison.

The cool thing about this was that I had the opportunity to mix the audio for the house with another 1st year student named Caleb and the live stream on Saturday morning, working with Dale (boss), Shannon (A/V staff) and Andrew (another fellow 1st year student; he was brought in the same time I was).  There were over 1,300 people from all over the country to be a part of the installation service!  I’m proud to day the service was lovely and went off with out a hitch, and it was followed closely by a beer-and-brat reception in the Quad.

Beer and brats reception in the quad.

Beer and brats reception in the quad.

Blue grass!

A little blue grass to go with the brats

People by the pond

People eating brats and drinking Schlafly by the fountain.

Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House

CPH gave us cupcakes!

CPH gave us cupcakes!

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September 13, 2010 at 7:08 am

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All Settled and a Day of Greek

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I have been meaning to post an update the last few days as my schedule has been very hectic, but I wanted to jump on here and give a tour of my place and update the congregation on the last few days’ events.  Though I got a case of the jitters on my way down last week, Concordia has grown on me in wonderful ways.  I love being in St. Louis and on campus.  Every person I have met has been caring and fun and pleasant to be around and talk with.  Orientation was a bit arduous albeit entertaining (we had to sit for long periods of time on hard, uncomfortable chairs) but God is definitely evident in the professors and staff that run Concordia and broke us in for the coming quarter.

My folks were in town for a little bit to see the school and enjoy St. Louis (and also to bring me the rest of the stuff I either could not fit in my car or forgot to bring altogether).  It was great to spend time with them in this place.  We got around downtown St. Louis, ate lunch in the Loop, strolled around the zoo and made it up to the top of the Arch.  The area has some rich and fascinating history, and learning about it with my mom and dad was great (and hilarious).

They helped me put together and clean up my room and get everything situated in my little piece of Concordia.

My Room

This is my room.

My Desk

This is where the studying happens.

Martin Luther

Martin makes sure I stay on track with my work.

I had my first class of Greek today.  What a fascinating language!  I learned the Greek alphabet as well as its vowels, diphthongs and a bit of pronunciation.  I love the Greek alphabet.  Maybe it is my interest in graphic design and typography; the language has such beautiful letter forms.  Hebrew does as well, but I have to wait until next quarter to tackle that.  My teacher is great to listen to and my classmates are funny and pleasant to study with.  My professor made a great analogy to describe the importance of learning biblical languages: it’s comparable to watching a movie.  When you watch it in standard definition on a black and white TV, you can enjoy the film and not lose the plot and characters and relationships.  But when you watch a film in a theater, in high definition, you see the film the way the director really intended it to be viewed, with beautiful colors and specific shot framing and composition.  Learning to read the Bible in its original language will give me the opportunity to see the literature in its original context and syntax, enabling me to glean even more from the Word.  I’m pumped.

I have yet to show a tour of campus here, but I did want to leave you with a nice photo of the Quad that I shot and put together when I got here.  Enjoy!

Quad Photosphere

Photosphere image of the Quad

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September 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm

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I made it!

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I have successfully made it to St Louis.  I moved into my dorm yesterday on the 4th floor.  It took a great many trips to carry my things up all those flights of stairs, but I got it done.  I’ve already made a few friends, Andy, Eric and Harry are my neighbors and our buddy Josh who lives downstairs.

I spent most of the day running around and figuring out classes and health insurance.  Andy let me borrow a book, “Learn To Read New Testament Greek”, so we spent some time studying Greek and Hebrew to prepare for our classes next week.  I’ve almost learned the Greek alphabet thanks to a handy song that runs through all the characters.

I am planning on taking some pictures of campus and my Greek handwriting skills, so I will post those soon.

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August 31, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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I lied, I’m nervous

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It’s 5:30 am and I am about to get on the road and move to St. Louis.  Over the last few months, people have asked me if I’m scared or nervous and I confidently and repeatedly stated, “No, I’m pumped.”  I realized this morning that I’m scared.  I just enjoyed my last shower in my room and breakfast with my dad and my mom telling me to make sure I take care of all my tax records so my identity isn’t stolen.  I’m going to miss them.

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August 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

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