Baby Bar Exam – Post Analysis

Having the Baby Bar Exam behind me is quite literally a tremendous weight dropped from my shoulders.  Praise the Lord to be done!!  In retrospect, the test was not nearly as difficult, or the circumstances near as frightening as I had imagined (though we know that retrospect is never reality until after the crisis).  I was envisioning a general atmosphere of panic within the proctoring facility throughout the test, but it was fairly calm and subdued, with a few exceptions.  My computer worked perfectly, without any freezes, hitches, or glitches.  Some of my classmates’ computers froze and they had to hand-write the exam.  I can’t really speak as to the result because I tend to always misjudge my performance but I have resolved to have faith in the Lord, and when my scores arrive in December to be content whether I pass or do not.  I was SO BLESSED to have some wonderful classmates who pushed and prodded me every step of the way, and who encouraged me in Christ to approach the test in God’s peace, knowing that I am within His will as I take the exam.  Oak Brook upperclassmen and upperclasswomen (thank you Amy, Katie, and Joel!) were incredible as well in acting as drill-sergeants through the review week in Anaheim.  They pushed us to our very academic limits and the review (I am convinced) played a pivotal role in giving the class the little extra push we needed to be prepared for the exam.  Overall, I am extremely thankful to God, and once again amazed at His faithfulness to me.

I am writing this from my temporary residence back in Anaheim, and I now need to close in order to get a couple hours of sleep before driving to LAX at 3:00 AM for my flight to Little Rock, Arkansas.  My family will be picking me up there, as we head straight to the White Unto Harvest conference by NCFIC in Asheville, North Carolina.

I feel kind of funny.  Today California and the Pacific Ocean.  Literally, tomorrow North Carolina and the Atlantic.  I should do something about my traveling habits… 🙂
Blessings to all of you,

Jonathan

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Countdown

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Sing-a-long

Dad just celebrated a birthday recently, so in between study sessions we had a little sing-a-long and sang him his favorite version of the happy birthday song, and gave him some gifts which we had purchased for him. Blessed memories!

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Friends

The Covey’s with law students Hudson Vanderhoff, Andrew Mathews, and Joseph Nielsen.

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A Minilesson in Logic

Christian apologetics excites me tremendously.  I pay close attention every time I get a chance to hear a Christian apologetics speaker because I really do believe that logic and reasoning lead to truth.  Truth is objective, but people usually aren’t!  We live in a post-fall world, not a perfect one, and people exercise their reason in multiple forms of irrationality.  An argument that is in itself perfectly rational, will often be completely twisted, misunderstood, or ignored by people with prejudice, ignorance, or passion.

I have decided to dedicate the next several posts to the topic of Christian apologetics, and specifically, how to answer an atheist.  Before I can do that however, I want to lay out some background on logic and human reason.

Human reason manifests itself in three acts of the mind: (1) understanding, (2) judging and (3) reasoning.  These three acts of the mind are expressed in (1) terms, (2) propositions and (3) arguments.  Terms are either clear or unclear.  Propositions are either true or untrue.  Arguments are either logically valid or invalid.  A term is clear if it is intelligible and unambiguous.  A proposition is true if it corresponds to reality, if it says what is.  An argument is valid if the conclusion follows necessarily from the premises.

If all the terms in an argument are clear, and if all the premises are true, and if the argument is free from logical fallacy, then the conclusion must be true.

To disagree with the conclusion of any argument, it must be shown that either an ambiguous term or false premise or a logical fallacy exists in that argument.  Otherwise, to say “I still disagree” is to say “You have proved your conclusion true, but I am so stubborn and foolish that I will not accept this truth.  I insist on living in a false world, not the true one.”

Having said this, I also recognize that there are limitations to the power of apologetics.  Some people just insist upon living in a false world.  Apologetics defends orthodox Christianity.  Dissenters don’t believe in apologetics for orthodox Christianity because they do not believe in orthodox Christianity.  They believe in apologizing for it, not apologetics for it.

Feel free to refer back to this post if it would help to understand future posts.  I mainly wanted to give some background and lay some groundwork.  During the next few posts, (perhaps interspersed with other things) I will attempt to deal with How to Answer an Atheist: 5 Arguments for the Existence of God.

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Ab initio

Hello and welcome to my personal blog!  Lord willing, today marks the first of many posts in which I aspire to write on topics and subject matter that will bring glory to my Savior, and hopefully be interesting and entertaining to my readers.  I have been encouraged by many people in the recent past to start my own personal blog and this site developed in fulfillment of that counsel and to satisfy my own love of writing.

I specifically want to encourage single, young men in avenues of biblical manhood and preparation for effective marriages as godly husbands and fathers.  The Lord has turned my heart in recent months toward the ministry of encouraging other young men and I have begun to see a disturbing pattern of departure from the Scriptures by those who profess to be young “men” but maintain the attitudes, disciplines, lifestyles, and non-sacrificial living of little boys.  Don’t misunderstand me, I knew this disappointing trend was alive and well – I just (perhaps naively) underestimated how thoroughly it saturates our culture.  Through this site, I hope to have at least some small part in revitalizing the push for much-needed influence of the truly Christ-seeking man of God.

Other topics I intend to write on will include theology, politics, literary criticisms, book reviews, author reviews, technology and social media, economics, entrepreneurship, personal news, law school progress, and really anything I feel needs being said 🙂

Finally, most of you are personal friends or acquaintances and are familiar with me as a person, but in case you don’t know me, I will be posting an introductory section on the about page in the very near future.

In Christ,

Jonathan Covey

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ… – Phil. 3:7-8

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