Some of you are aware of what my training down here at Athletes in Action’s World Training & Resource Center looks like but I realize that most of you probably don’t. Let me sum it up quickly for you: Monday – Bible Interaction (we wrestle through the background of a book of the Bible and then wrestle with a section of the text) & Curriculum (we bring people in from inside and outside AIA to share on a wide variety of topics with us new staff peeps); Tuesday through Thursday – We work on campus with student-athletes and also receive one-on-one training from our directors; Friday – Prayer, discussion, and staff meetings. There you go a quick run down. It has been a blessed 14 months since I have moved down here! I wouldn’t trade it in for anything!
But yesterday was a unique day! We had the privilege of having Dr. Erik Thoennes, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at Biola University, (for some bios on Erik click here, here and here) come and teach us about Loving people for the long haul: The Image of God and Perseverance in Ministry. I would love to give you a run down of my notes right now but I have to get going, but I wanted to give you some links to read and listen to some of Erik’s stuff. Other staff people said that it would be the best curriculum of the year for me and it didn’t disappoint! So here are some links for you:
Thoennes on the Top Books
Laughing Through Tears
Good Question: You Are or You Aren’t
Interview with Dr. Erik Thoennes on his book “Godly Jealousy: A Theology of Intolerant Love.
Godly Jealousy: A Theology of Intolerant Love
I hope that you are blessed by Erik like all of us were yesterday! Another interesting note about Erik is that he played American Football in Europe too! I man after my own heart! Have a revolutionary day!