Happy Tuesday! I’ve a few posts fermenting in my mind but amongst a busy MLK long weekend, overdue chores and a teething six month-old I haven’t managed to get them out. I’m vaguely aiming for a Monday-Wednesday-Friday-and-maybe-the-weekend sort of schedule, at a minimum, but we’ll see how we go. In the meantime, I thought I’d let you in on the other thing that occupied some of my time the last few days, and will probably continue to for a little while. A fairly small amount of time, but nonetheless when I would have been writing last night I was looking over 1st Timothy with a friend of mine.
In May last year, Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley, California rolled out a new online educational portal. Based upon the rational from Ephesians 4:11-12, that all of us Christians are ministers and need equipping for such work, The Silo Project is designed to contribute to such equipping by providing self-paced Biblical education at an affordable price, for those of us who don’t have the finance, time or circumstances to take fully fledged college courses.
The Silo takes material from Eternity’s “college classrooms and are offering it to normal people (i.e., non-scholars, non-theology-nerds) in an attractive, affordable, self-paced format” which basically means you can use it in whatever format works best for you. The 1st Timothy course is 15 sessions long, with a suggested schedule and guide for using the material for 6 small group sessions, suggested Bible reading (ie, read 1st Timothy), and suggestions for further reading, mostly in commentaries, for our course.
For my friend and I, we’re planning on working throught the sessions roughly one a week, or more when we have the time. The beauty of it is that you can really go as deep or as shallow as you like. Last night we were discussing and researching for maybe half an hour over a few words. There is a video for each session by one of Eternity’s professors, and so far four discussion questions (we’re only up to the second session). I suppose it is optional, but there is a form with the questions accompanying the video for you to post your answers. You can read and comment on other people’s answers, which should function as an interesting and indeed illuminating discussion board. So far there only seem to be four people taking the course, hopefully more will appear soon.
For Christmas, Eternity sent an email to those who signed up for their newsletter offering “a gift that will help you grow in your knowledge and appreciation of our God and His amazing story” – an opportunuty to take one of their Silo courses for free! All you have to do is go to The Silo, select a course and enter the coupon code “christmascourse” and you can take the course for free – (they don’t even want to charge your credit card for $0.00!). Their only caveat is that they’d like you to actually take the course (and I’d like to add please participate in the online discussion, for the benefit of others more so than for yourself). The code will work until February 1st, so you have a few days to consider and maybe gather a few friends or strangers. P.S.: If you take the 1st Timothy course, maybe you can comment, drop me a line, or reply to my answers to the discussion questions.