We're sitting here reviewing for tonight's class. Things are well. The weather is gorgeous: a mid-fall feel with many leaves on the trees, partly cloudy, approx. 60 degrees. A far cry from last year when it was overcast wet, in the mid thirties, and we almost slid off the back side of the Areopagus/Mars Hill. Speaking of that site, which is just west of the Parthenon, we were there this morning. The guys had their picture taken in front of the Acts 17 monument while pointing at the Parthenon (Temple of Athena), and shouting from Acts 17:24-25, "...and (our God) does not live in Temples built by hands, and is not served by human hands as if He needed anything..."!
All the teachers are squared away in substantial groups that have surprisingly grown from what we were told to expect -every group has at least 3-4 more students and should keep them the duration of the week. So many church leaders desperate for richer, deeper content for their congregations! By the way, these leaders are either developing their networks in the immigrant communities of Athens, headed to church plant in Europe (with imminent efforts in Frankfurt and Oslo, I believe), or returning to their home countries. Powerful!
Our team has gelled wonderfully. We are all sports enthusiasts and half of us acquainted with all the history/stats, esp. of Football. The Seattle loss was heartbreaking for Dave! The curriculum is so rich, extensive, and well laid out that we're having to really cram. The trick is to be faithful to the Holy Spirit in the moment (of teaching), recall our previously generated margin notes for deeper exploration, and communicate baseline content to these hungry students...all while given only two hours per lesson!
Thursday we'll head for Corinth, both excavation of the city site (think Priscilla and Aquila) as well as the mount, the "acro-Corinth" which rises like a fortress from the valley floor.