A quick bit of background. NTE (SPRTE this year) is a five-year course, structured as follows:
- Year 1: basic tools to understand a passage of the Bible ("exegesis");
- Year 2: reading the Bible as a whole book ("Biblical Theology");
- Year 3: understanding the great themes of the Bible ("Systematic Theology");
- Year 4: thinking about how to apply the whole teaching of the Bible to specific life situations ("Pastoral Theology and Ethics");
- Year 5: putting together a teaching program ("putting together a teaching program").
I did strand 1 at KYLC (now Next Gen) in 1996. I'm sure I didn't know as much as these guys. I got a couple of theologically dense questions from my first-years that would've floored me if not for my four years at Moore. I asked a couple of the uni ministry people during the conference; they agreed that the standard's increasing every year.
Why? Probably just 'coz there's more & more quality Bible study on campuses all round Australia, the South Pacific, and, I hope, the world. We're on a corkscrew upwards: good ministry begets good students who do more good ministry. The only cost: scary questions at NTE.
I say: praise God, and bring it on!