writing things down…


Some quick thoughts on looking back:

  • I wonder sometimes whether I should have gone to seminary. I think too many people go to seminary that should not go. Some of them ought to go to graduate school because ministry (the original purpose of seminary training) is not their cup of tea. Others of them are not cut out for much beyond a Bachelor’s degree and would be in over their heads in any graduate program. I sometimes think I fall into the former category. Others might think I fall into the latter.
  • I often wish I had gone to either a state school or a liberal arts school in another state. I went to Baylor instead. Now I am no longer a Baptist and I do not live in Texas. I have no desire to return to either.
  • I wish I had learned to speak a foreign language and to play an instrument. Instead I took the obligatory Spanish in high school and college, and quit playing the coronet after the 7th grade (I picked it up in the 6th grade).

Despite these wonderings, I am still amazed at how things “work out”. I suppose I am a retrospective Calvinist; but, anabaptist-like moving forward.



  Mark B-W wrote @

Fair questions. Given my recent difficulties in finding a job that will spirit me away from Fuller, I find myself wondering similar things.

  Bob Cornwall wrote @

Having been a seminary student, been a seminary TA, and having taught seminary classes — as you have — I think that seminary is a pretty unique animal. Fuller especially is such. It’s kind of a hybrid of graduate school and vocational school. Some come with a vocation in mind and others don’t. When I started Fuller I was in what was then called the Pre-Ph.D. MA, but I eventually moved into the M.Div. At the time I didn’t think I was going to be a pastor — I was going to teach — but I felt the need for the broader program even if it would add a year to my schooling. Low and behold, I’m a pastor now (with a Ph.D.).

But as you know many come to seminary with a newly found faith searching for understanding. It makes for problems at times because you have some students who are well prepared for dealing with advanced issues and other students really at stage 1 of their spiritual journey. With seminaries being tuition driven it’s unlikely that this will change. There are schools, like Harvard and Yale, I suppose, without such worries, and perhaps they can be more selective.

The proof of whether that time in seminary will be valuable may not yet be known — but it will be tested in time. For me it was fortuitous for now I’m a pastor. You never know what will be in your future!!!

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