>It is a comforting fact that after 2 years of Biology stuff, I was incredibly bored and burned out, but after two years of Bible, I’m still fascinated by the way that God has moved in our lives and in our history to perform His miracles and enact His plan.

Writing my first real paper in over 10 months has gotten me a little bit skittish…I feel dumb, I feel like I’ve forgotten more than I remember, and most of all I feel inadequate. However, as far back as I can remember (we’re talking 2nd grade here), all of my best work has come from a single spark or idea, whether it was poetry or papers or essays or even Minutes for Frats. There’d be one idea that ended up unleashing a flow of ideas and work. The one idea for this paper is how Jeffersonian politics motivated and shaped the foundations of the Churches of Christ. And while that sounds boring to you readers, it fascinates me…which will hopefully lead to some great revelations about our history as well as myself.
Even though I know how this is going to work out–because I have what, 17 years of results to back it up?–it’s still unnerving to not have a concrete plan all the time. And that’s what has motivated me in my Bible classes at WCS…every verse, every word, every story is an intricate, passionate telling of God’s great plan for us. Stories that I’ve always heard out of context (yay for youth ministry…) now fit perfectly into the tapestry of God’s vision for us and assume a whole new vibrant life. Nothing is wasted, nothing is extra…its the best story ever told.
And it all started with a single spark of love.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever should believe in Him would not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17

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