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A bit on…Fuller’s New Asian American Initiative

This past Friday, the Admissions Office had the opportunity to hear from Ken Fong and Daniel Lee, who are heading up Fuller’s new Asian American Initiative.

Ken and Daniel told us about their vision for the initiative at Fuller. They hope to raise up “grace-ruined” leaders in the Asian American church, to equip them as they minister to second, third, fourth, and even fifth-generation Asian Americans. The various facets of the program that they offer will include spiritual formation groups, tracks within classes which assign Asian American-specific readings, and classes tailored toward Asian American ministry.

Ken and Daniel believe that Fuller is the ideal place to launch such an initiative because there has been a consistent Asian American presence at Fuller since Fuller’s beginning in 1947. For more information on the Asian American Initiative at Fuller, click here.

A bit on…5 questions about my degree

I just recently graduated with an MA in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in International Development and Urban Studies.  Here are 5 questions about my degree program to help narrow down what it’s all about.
What’s unique about your program?
There are not many seminaries in the world that can offer a full master’s degree in intercultural studies that includes the missional and theology background, but also Continue reading

A bit on…Robbery

Edward John Carnell, Fuller’s second president, said the following in his inaugural address titled, “The Glory of a Theological Seminary.”

“Since [a] ‘seminary’ is in possession of what it confidently believes is a confessional summary of the Gospel, it is easy for it to suppose that its educational job consists in the use of whatever means will guarantee the student’s safe enclosure within the heritage of the school. Rather than presenting alternative positions with fairness and objectivity, the professors may feel that it is their solemn duty to withhold evidences which may possibly disturb the student’s faith.

I call this robbery.”

A bit on….Photos from Prospective Student Events

At the Pasadena campus, we have a prospective student event once a month ranging from a day visit to an evening visit.

You can find out more about our events by clicking here:

For a glimpse of  what it’s like to be at an event, check out these photos from our visits: Continue reading

A bit on….Taking Online Classes

As you may know, Fuller is now offering three online degrees that do not require you to relocate to a campus.  This is great news going forward, but what are these classes all about?

As a student in the MA in Intercultural Studies program, and as a full-time worker, I have taken advantage of the options Fuller offers for online learning.  I have taken several classes online, and two classes through Individualized Distance Learning (IDL).

Here’s what I liked about my experience with both: Continue reading

A bit on…Ten Guidelines for Evangelical Scholarship

Fuller Seminary’s Statement of Faith affirms that

“Scripture is an essential part and trustworthy record of divine self-disclosure. All the books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, are the written Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. They are to be interpreted according to their context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through them in living power.”

Fuller strongly affirms that historical and literary methods of studying Scripture can yield a robust evangelical biblical theology. We evangelical biblical scholars must proceed carefully, seeking to limit the extent to which our own cultural presuppositions influence our interpretation of the biblical texts.

Fuller professor emeritus Dr. Donald Hagner has helped Fuller students and the broader evangelical community to walk the path of faithful biblical scholarship for many decades. He recently published an introduction to the New Testament, called “The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction“, that deals with this very concept.  Below are Professor Hagner’s ten tips for practicing biblical scholarship in the Fuller Seminary way – i.e., in a manner that is both “reasonably critical” and loyal to the “trustworthiness, the inspiration, the authority and the power of Scripture” (see also “What We Believe and Teach“).


A bit on….Top 5 Things to do in LA

LA has an unbelievable amount of entertaining (often free) activities to do.  Seriously, the list is endless.  Events, parades, food fairs, concerts, sports, you name it, it’s happening all over LA every weekend.  So come with a sense of adventure and excitement (and a little bit of patience with the traffic).

In no particular order:

The Getty Museum
The J. Paul Getty Museum is an iconic building in Los Angeles that sits above the city with a perfect view to the ocean and to most all of the city.  The art is exquisite, the galleries are unique, the views are unbeatable, and even the train ride up the hill is fun.  The best part is:  it’s free.  You have to pay for parking ($15), but take a bunch of friends and stay the day.  There’s food and all, so it’s worth a long afternoon.  There are two locations:  LA and Malibu.  Both are unique, but the LA one is the main museum and worth the view alone.

Hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains
Coming from Denver, I was sad to leave some of the greatest hiking in the world.  I was pleasantly surprised, however, by the hiking found just 10 minutes from the Fuller campus.  Head north from the campus on any main street and you will hit any number of trails.  One of my favorites in that area is a hike up Echo Mountain which leads to an area that used to house a hotel called “White City” that was only accessible by train.  You can still see some of the hotel and its foundation, a well as some of the train tracks.  It’s beyond me how they built up there, so it makes for an interesting hike.

Mary’s Market
Mary’s Market is the best kept secret in LA so don’t tell anyone (wait, how many people read this blog?).  It is a small locally owned cafe up in the hills of Sierra Madre.  It is right next to a creek in the midst of small little mountain homes – it makes you feel far away from crowded LA.  When you walk in the door (a screen door, by the way.  Who still has those at restaurants?), they ask if you want coffee and will pour you a cup in a random mug they can find.  They make some of the best home made quiche in town, and everything is freshly made that day:  cinnamon rolls, pop-overs, scones, you name it.  On Sundays, they have live music in the morning, which is most often two older gentlemen playing classic rock songs on the acoustic guitar and mandolin.  But seriously, don’t tell anyone.

Pasadena Art Night
Twice a year, all of the museums in Pasadena (there’s more than you think) open up their doors for free for the Pasadena Art Night.  All night you can go from museum to museum for free – and they even have free shuttles to take you around to each one.  This is a great way to explore different museums you may not have otherwise ventured into, or even see that favorite piece of yours you can’t always see.  The link above is from the one this past March, but it’s every October and March, and it’s a must do when in Pasadena.

Finding Filmings in Pasadena
Pasadena is a classic town in Los Angeles with lots of history and great architecture, so that means we get a lot of attention from Hollywood.  It seems like every day there is something filming in this town, and a great place to find out about them is the link above through the city of Pasadena.  My wife and I check up on that page often so that we can drop in on a filming when they are close.  The other day we saw a TV filming that actually blew up a truck in front of city hall.  No joke.  So you never know what (or who) you’ll bump into.  

Have fun!

For a bonus entry, you should go to The Dresden, a legendary restaurant and lounge in Hollywood that features Marty and Elayne, jazz singers extraordinaire, that have been kicking it for generations.  It was where the movie “Swingers” was filmed, so it has some old school character to it.

A bit on…Chaplaincy at Fuller

Today, our Admissions staff had the privilege of sitting with the Director of Field Education & Denominational Relations, Gwen Ingram.   We asked Gwen to come discuss with us the options for becoming a chaplain through a degree from Fuller.

Fuller offers degrees that will equip you with the theological framework of being a chaplain, and then works with you to get your certification or requirements to be a chaplain through a Hospital, Hospice, or Prison, or through the Military.

The Field Education office at Fuller is not just committed to you earning experience and boosting your resume, but to three major facets:  Integration, Reflection, Formation.  Your practicum experience Continue reading

A bit on….Fuller’s Student Goals and Learning Outcomes

A major question that prospective students have when searching for a seminary is how the seminary teaches.  What will classes be like?  What will I learn?  What will the professors teach?   How will I learn?  What is the end goal?  Sometimes, all we know about a school is that they teach Theology, but what does that exactly mean?

A good place to start is reading through our Goals and Learning Outcomes.  This is a simple way of understanding what the faculty deems as important in terms of the learning environment:

Fuller Theological Seminary has set the following institutional goals. Students will:

  1. Engage in the study of the Bible, theology and spirituality in a way that contributes to following their vocation Continue reading