We had our first two sections of the General Ordination Exams today. Two three-and-a-half hour sessions, the fruit of which was to be a three-page (single-spaced) essay for each section.
The first question was on Scripture, and it was a four-part question on covenant. The only resources allowed were an annotated study bible and the Book of Common Prayer. I felt quite good about the essay I wrote, but heaven only knows if there is something mysterious that I missed in the question.
The second question was in the category Theology/Missiology, and actually turned out to be focused on Missiology, and on missio dei. I think I did an okay job, although the answer didn't feel quite as well argued as the morning's question. At least I referenced a bunch of the big names, including Karl Barth, Richard Hooker, David Bosch, Lesslie Newbigin, and the Episcopal Standing Commision on World Mission.
...and God. Yes, I did reference Scripture. Always a good thing, I'd say.
We had a lovely evening Eucharist, very quiet and soothing to the soul, and then I got to go home and e-sign paperwork for a student loan for StrongOpinions. That brought me back to earth. That and the beef stew. Good comfort food for this week!
Tomorrow morning is Contemporary Society, which is really a wild card. I'm hoping it's not too bad, but we will see. The afternoon is Liturgy, which is a strong area for me, although you never know what they'll ask. I'll be very glad when tomorrow is over, and I will be past the halfway point. What an endurance contest this thing is!
Talk to you tomorrow!