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Compass: Theological Expedition | Seminary Student Blogger

July 26, 2012

This is the second installment in Dim's series chronicling his and Gayles' adventure this summer through Compass. Read Part 1 here. Enjoy!

Dim Alldridge

‘Fresh’ from having not taken a shower for 9 days in the Adirondacks, the Compass students arrived back in South Hamilton ready for some much needed (and requested!) ablutions and facing a whole new set of challenges which we call the Theological Expedition.

Gone are the backpacks, camping stoves, blisters and bushwhacks; now our 26 students from across the U.S., who by now feel like they have been best friends for years, are pushed, stretched, built-up and sometimes even broken-down, in a completely new way.

Six big questions are tackled (and hundreds more asked):

  1. Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?
  2. How is a 2,000-year-old book relevant today?
  3. Is Jesus really the only way?
  4. What’s so great about the Church?
  5. How can we live in the world, but not be of the world?
  6. How can we know God’s will?

Each day, one of the Gordon-Conwell faculty members came in to tackle a subject and gently blew our minds from God’s word. We wrestled with issues, we struggled with problems, we debated and we questioned. In humility, we had to confess the things we don’t know, whilst at the same time discovering new things that we can know about our God who is far more wonderful and wise than we ever realised before.

This theological expedition couldn’t have been much more different from the wilderness expedition, but the friendship that had been built in the mountains and the trust that had been earned by the leaders in the wilderness allowed the Compass students to be ready and open to grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord. This is a good thing because after six days, we all got on a bus to Logan Airport and flew to Nicaragua for the next part of our adventure, the Ministry Expedition.

Which explains why, right now, I am sitting on a rooftop, surrounded by palm trees, with the sound of strange bird calls, the smell of great coffee, and a vita of jungle-covered volcanoes before me.

Dimitri (Dim for short) and his wife, Gayles, moved to the U.S. from England in 2011 to pursue a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell. He grew up in a little town in England called Sevenoaks and completed his undergraduate degree in Automobile Design at the University of Coventry. Upon graduation, Dim spent some time as a ski instructor, a church intern and an assistant pastor. When he’s not pretending to study, he’s usually dreaming about skiing.

 

Tags: Author: Dim Alldridge , equipping leaders for the church and society , student blogger , thoughtfully evangelical

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