Wednesday, June 5, 2013


We saw a group of Americans at the Summer Garden in St. Petersburg* Monday afternoon.

Good grief.

I'm usually proud to be an American.
These people were so loud, though, that I just felt embarrassed.

I tried my best to not look American when I saw them.
Well, I didn't open my mouth, that's the first thing I didn't do.

And I put on my serious face.

I think I succeeded - at least in not being obnoxious .... I think. 

Seriously, though, I do love America, and most Americans... but I am so enjoying being away for a while, and getting some different perspective on life, and the world, in general. 

I don't think I have yet thanked the entity that made all this possible. It's B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, whose headquarters are in Arlington, TX.
Carroll is a different kind of seminary in that it brings (takes) theological education into the churches.  That way students don't have to move their families like to say, Arlington, to study.  There are participating teaching churches all over Texas, and Arkansas, and there are learning centers (I think you'd call them) all over the place - even Cuba!! .... and there is this affiliation with the St. Petersburg seminary.     And there are plans to be in even more countries.   Talk about exciting.

Sam has taught classes at Carroll, both face-to-face classes, and online classes.  When Dr. Bruce Corley called him, then later Dr. Jim Spivey also called him (both from Carroll) ... and asked if he'd be interested in teaching for two weeks at the St. Pete seminary, well, he said, 'Yes!'
And I was honored that he wanted me to come with him!
And I did.

Here we are in front of the building....

 And here is the only sign for the place, which is behind my left shoulder in the above picture.
I can't quite read that, can you?
(Fortunately I know what it means.)

Oh, you can click HERE for the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute's website.
You'll be glad you did.

Take my latest poll, if you haven't yet.

*We are in St. Petersburg, Russia (May 23- June 10) where my husband Sam is a visiting lecturer at the St. Petersburg Theological Seminary.  He is teaching Hermenuetics (Principles for Interpreting the Bible) the first week and "The Problem of Suffering in Six World Religions (including Christianity)" the second week.

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We should have a party, Grammy!

Penelope Faye said that. We call her Nell. She said that we need to have a party since I was in her house!! She said that this past Thursday...