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Topic: Teacher (10/26/06)
TITLE: Professor Abrahamís Influence
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Theology classes resumed yesterday. Professor Abraham, an interesting teacher, approaches mid-sixties with an elegant air about him. Amid his gray, thinning hair, balding patches appear. His rounded, thickened glasses over-emphasis his deep blue eyes, creating a permanently shocked expression. Heís a cardigan man, definitely a fashion of my fatherís era. Professional elocution intensifies his lectures, obviously from a sophisticated background. Procrastination would never be customary in his course of instruction.
Ephesians studied in Greek would possibly be the most difficult subject any student would have to endure. Professor Abraham has the ability to embrace every use of the language with excellence. Although some students find studying Hebrew fascinating, I struggle with the dialect. Abrahams teaching expertise persevered with further tutorials through the earlier semester to keep struggling students at the peak of their performance.
Acts recipient, Theophilus, is one of the professorís favorite discussion characters. Students anticipate an in-depth debate tomorrow as we endeavor to cover chapter eight. I learn a great deal about a subject through the satisfaction of debating. One of the most appealing characteristics of Professor Abraham is the diversity of his teaching ability.
Christology study releases the ĎTeacherí within the Professor. His faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God absorbs his complete being. His fortitude rises in anticipation as he shares his knowledge of his Lord, Savior and Holy Spirit. I am absolutely absorbed by his plausible insights and motivation on the topic. His testifying assurance brought students to tears throughout the crowded lecture theatre this morning. Captivated by the teacherís dedication, I make an appointment to discuss the option of graduate work next year as an external student to further my studies in this subject.
History of the church is another favorite subject. Majoring in a subject that highlights a courageous faith in the early church stimulates my awareness of outreach in the community. Abraham leads an off-campus outreach and Bible study group on Wednesdays, taking the Gospel to the wider community. Attending one of his meetings brought a renewed excitement to the reason I first applied to attend the Bible Institute.
Eschatology classes are often noisy due to the diversity of backgrounds of students and the professor. Discovering the wide range of predetermined philosophies can be daunting even to me, a third year student of theology.
Realization that I will be graduating at the end of this semester brings excitement and anticipation. To be ordained is the next step into my future. Studying over the past three years under the guidance of a dedicated teacher as Professor Abraham coalesced with the youth ministry leadership at Centerville Christian Church, has energized my commitment to fulfill my calling into fulltime ministry. I have been offered a position in Centerville, but I believe the Lord has called me to outreach into its neighboring community where street gangs and homeless roam the town.
Professor Abraham has been a great influence in my training. My heart is burdened by the society in which we live. Promises in Godís word and the teaching injected into my life will herald my purpose to fulfill Godís calling on my life.
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