i was at a retreat, taking part in a workshop on career planning. i must’ve been 14 or 15, maybe. when the workshop leader asked me in front of the group what i wanted to be when i grew up, i said i wanted to be a theologian.

of course, i didn’t really know what a theologian was. in my mind, i thought it was someone who sat around thinking deep thoughts. i had no concept of the financial burden that had to be taken on or the enormous risk that came with committing years toward an education that may or may not result in a job in a place i actually would enjoy living in. i just knew i had a peculiar interest in reading about what people had to say about faith and god, and i knew flipping that interest into a career seemed appealing.

carrie and i have been thinking about the prospect of me going to seminary over the past year. right now, i’m in a really good place. i teach at a well-run school that i believe in. many (most?) teachers can’t say that. i enjoy my colleagues and more importantly, i enjoy working with my students (usually). when i’m on my game in the classroom, i think my students have fun learning, and they learn a lot. but i go to bed every night reading some sort of theological text. i have wondered for a long time whether this is a hobby, just something i should keep up with on the side, or if this could be something more.

i guess we’re going to find out.


5 thoughts on “seminary

  1. you are a theologian. all of us are in one way or another.
    as i recall gordon fee saying, the question is whether you want to be a good one or not. getting a graduate doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be, but i certainly think it raises the odds that you will. i saw a series of posts somewhere on the merits of academic vs. church based theological training. i think it was more bent towards pastoral work. regardless, i think i fall on the side of school. not just because that’s what i did, but because i don’t think one looking to engage themselves in a pastoral or theological context can find that sort of stretching much place else. so maybe the question isn’t whether you want be a good theologian or not, but more a question of where you think God might want you to use your gifts, passions, interests, etc… to his greatest glory. i know more than a few people who figured that out while they were pursuing the degree.

  2. so glad you enjoy teaching and your classroom. we don’t hear much of that these days. really enjoy your posts about teaching. will look forward to more posts about theology school, too.

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