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I am not a theologian. I would never presume to project that. My doctrine is a jumbled mess of several different traditions. I was raised in a fundamentalist Baptist background. I went to a Baptist college for several years. I was a bible student for several years, but like so many other things in my life, I never completed that course of study. I stopped short of the theology courses. I believe that is big part of my struggle.
I don't think that I would ever be able to complete a seminary degree. I just don't believe that I have the drive to attempt something so challenging. However, I have been thinking that it would be interesting and helpful to do a little self-study of theology or the Bible. I began looking for a program that would be free or low-cost, where I could study at my own pace and fill my head with more nourishing thoughts, than I will ever get from binge watching Investigation Discovery. I have come to the conclusion that those programs always end in the same manner. There is a killer and then he is caught. In the process of watching I am filling my heart with all the wretchedness and man and losing sight of the amazing grace of God. When we see how wicked our fellow-man can be, then we can lose track of both the amazing God we serve, and the beauty of his creation.
In my search, I discovered the Dimensions of Faith program through Gordon Conwell Seminary. It is a series of ten "courses". There are numerous lectures provided through ITunes, a discussion board, and a quiz. When a student has completed all ten courses, then they are eligible to receive a Dimensions of Faith Certificate. This certificate is not a degree or transferable. In fact, in may be meaningful only to the person that receives it, but completion of the program can also qualify a person to apply for a scholarship to the seminary, if the Spirit so led.
I have begun my self-study in the program. I will keep everyone informed. I invite you to try. What is the worse that could happen? I wish you luck, and thank you for your readership. It is not viral, but a devoted following is what keeps me doing the things that I do. God bless.