One of the roles that I play at Zomba Theological College (ZTC) is the Director of Research and Educational Quality Assurance (DREQA). I’m a bit ambivalent about the role because I have been given the task of ensuring that our research and our teaching are up to standard. The question that causes my ambivalence is, … Continue reading Our Friends and Ancestors Live in Books
Thanks! How did the Christmas gift giving go? I’m pleased to say that a number of people who heard my appeal responded (IMMA09). They gave gifts to Zomba Theological College (ZTC) and Theological Education by Extension Malawi (TEEM). Thanks to those who gave. Two folks who regularly give each other Christmas gifts gave each other … Continue reading Making Gifts that Change Zomba Theological College
I don’t mind asking people for money for things that I believe in. Like the Gifts of Change that the Presbyterian Church in Canada promotes at this time of year. Specifically, I’d love if people equipped classrooms for Christian pastors and leaders. I’d settle for people giving to anything that had Malawi involved. But I … Continue reading Everyday Someone Asks Me For Money Part 2
A part of my role at Zomba Theological College is to mentor three doctoral students. These are my colleagues who have been selected to study at the University of Aberdeen. Those who have earned doctorates know how challenging it can be, even with the support of a residential community with quality academic resources like a … Continue reading Mentoring Doctoral Students
Last week was a busy one. I started teaching two Zomba Theological College classes, one on the minor prophets and the other on practical theology; I gave a talk about reading the Bible with youth to a group of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) and Anglican youth leaders; I preached at a mid-size CCAP … Continue reading God Speaks Elomwe and Chichewa
I’m grading exams from last semester for a course on the major prophets. Students had to do an exegesis on either Isaiah 6 or Ezekiel 37. Almost every one of the answers on Isaiah start with some variation of, “The book of Isaiah is believed to be written by Isaiah son of Amoz.” The passive … Continue reading Does it matter who wrote Isaiah?