I just read a witty and on-point article by SBTS alumni Mark Combs who blogs at Intersect. Part conspiracy theory and part rebuke – it is a post you should read. Here is a summary of his complaints followed by his application paragraph:
- Many seminary students could be from another planet.
- Many seminary students are, shall we say, not nice.
- Many seminary students are self-appointed assistant professors.
- God is different at seminary than He is in the church.
- Seminary will not give you all the answers.
- Seminary is a Christian-ghetto.
The challenge I would give to all seminary students is to take their time in seminary very seriously. & then when they get out of seminary & go to the field God takes them to, donâ€™t leave all the â€œseminary stuffâ€ behind. Take it with you. Your people may reject it @ first, but God will not let His Word return void. Teach theology, love theology. Help your people to see that their church didnâ€™t open its doors the day after Jesus ascended to heaven. Show them that people actually died for doctrine that in todayâ€™s church is increasingly seen as â€œsomething only done @ seminaryâ€. & for those of you who read this & do not go to seminary, pray for those in seminary that while they learn they would not become puffed up in their knowledge & then become noisy worthless assistant professors. Pray that their learning would lead to loving the God revealed in His Word more & that the churches they serve would be impacted for the glory of God.
What do you think? Are you becoming just another ‘seminary jerk’? What can we do as students to encourage one another to humility and godliness?