Well, I have gotten a lot of questions from friends and family about my first week of class teaching at Lander, and there is a good reason I haven’t been able to blog about it yet: because I was teaching my first class at Lander this week.
This week was extremely crazy for a few reasons: class did finally start, there was welcome back activities each day and every night, and church is busy as usual. I went into my first class on Tuesday really unaware of what to expect. We went over some general class stuff, I walked through the syllabus (which was very detailed out by the way), and then I did the unthinkable: I taught for about 20 minutes on the first day!
I didn’t realize that I would get such feedback. The audacity – actually teach on the first day?! I finally understood a line that one of my professors, Dr. Johnson, used to say: “College students are the only people in the world who don’t want to get what they paid for. You pay thousands of dollars to come to school and you just pray that you actually don’t have to go to class.’
It made sense this week. Thursday went better for me just because I think I knew what to expect. I have a great crew of students in there. The reasoning for taking the class are as diverse as the students – it is going to be a fun semester.
We talked about a few key things in this first week:
- If God exists, everything changes.
- Religions attempt to answer the God question correctly – so which one, if any, answer it the best?
- Theists believe that God made all.
- Pantheists believe that God is all.
- Atheists believe there is no God at all.
- You can find out anyone’s worldview by answering the following questions:
- Origin – Where did we come from?
- Identity – Who are we?
- Meaning – Why are we here?
- Morality – How should we live?
- Destiny – Where are we going?
As I was getting a better handle on the task for this class this week, I was very thankful that God has given me this opportunity. Thanks for all your prayers!
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.