Edinburgh rarely gets more than a dusting of snow so it was a rare and wonderful blessing for our kids to experience the 2018 Scotland Snowpocalypse which dumped at least a few substantial inches of snow in the city. I grabbed some sleds at a local store and the kids took to the backyard and nearby Holyrood Park to enjoy some sledding fun.
Please see below for a short video compilation of the kids' sledding adventures. Many thanks go to our friend Hendro who played cameraman while Joshua steered in the final segment of the video. There are also a few indivual photos I have pasted after the video.
If you cannot see the video above, click here to watch it on YouTube
If you spend enough time in Thailand, one of the phrases that you’ll hear often is “Same, Same but Different,” meaning that two things are almost exactly the same… but not really. The difference may (or may not) be substantial, but that depends on your point of view. A vendor is trying to sell you a wrist watch and you ask if it is a genuine Rolex. Well, it is same same from the vendor’s perspective. But the buyer’s might view it differently.
When it comes to theological education in Thailand, there is a lot that is same same as theological education in the Western world…but there are significant differences too. My point is not to say one in genuine and the other is fake, but rather that on the surface the two have many similarities. But when you dig a bit deeper there are important difference as well. These differences have an impact on how teachers teach and how student learn. Therefore, whether you are teaching Bible school students in Bangkok or running a modular leadership training program in Chiang Rai, it is important to have a heads-up on factors to consider if your previous experience of theological education has been primarily in the West. In this post, I want to briefly consider, in broad brushstrokes, what is the same between Western and Thai theological education, and three things that are different.