About this blog.
I run a few websites associated with things theological and philosophical (see second section below). This is the more personal of those. I needed a place to put down thoughts about life as a PhD student, what it is like to study academic theology while retaining my fellowship among the Plymouth Brethren (they don’t have a tradition of sending people for MA’s in theology let along PhD’s). I also wanted a place to comment on the occasional political or social event without having to put completely personal views on some of my other sites. This blog was started towards the end of my first year as a PhD student in 2017. However I did have an older site (jessegentile.com) where portfolio samples from my MS in Instructional Design were kept.
Blog Goals: I want church friends, family, acquaintances to have a place where they can find out what I am doing, why my musings are on various topics. Naturally schools or people who are curious about me can also look at this site.
About Jesse Gentile.
In life not everyone can be in first place. That position is for Jesus Christ. Perhaps you can have 2nd place and I can be 3rd or 4th. I am a PhD student at Fuller Seminary with interests in analytic theology, theological anthropology, epistemology, and hermeneutics. Equally important I fellowship and teach regularly in open Plymouth Brethren congregations in the LA Area and at conferences throughout N. America. I have been married for 14 years to a wonderful woman of industry and wisdom who works as a wills and trusts attorney. We have two young children. At home there are plenty of legos, crafting messes and things to laugh about. I have MA’s in Biblical studies (Dallas Seminary, 2003) Instructional Design (Florida State Unviersity, 2008), and Philosophy (Talbot School of Theology, 2016). Fresh out of undergrad I taught social studies as a public school teacher. I’ve done piles of web and IT work. Back in the day a person like myself would have been called a jack of all trades, but one recent TED talk used the terme “multipotentialite”! I enjoy working on websites (databases even!), refurbishing old furniture, doing my own car repairs, sketching out organizational ideas, and collecting books. I am an ENTP per the Myers Briggs type indicator. So I enjoy charting out ideas more than implementing them.
Other Sites I Run: philosophicaltheology.com is a resource starting spot for theologians and pastors interested in analytic or philosophical theology. Theology.works is a site I hope to begin by the end of 2017 which offers theological courses (or at least videos) for the many 9-5 working believers among our Plymouth Brethren assemblies who also teach and minister. The goal is to offer them a place to get theological training without relocating to a seminary. NTPChurch.com was launched in 2015 and then taken down. I hope to start it again in 2017 with a view to providing the churches I work with, a sort of map of the way I think Plymouth Brethren assemblies should apply their ecclesiology.