October 7, 2008

A Seminary Tidbit

A blogging buddy of mine, Boomer in the Pew, is being my conscience to convict me to write more about my seminary experiences. He is right, I need to do it, I am just adjusting to seminary studies, so haven't had time to reflect on it too much.

But I will answer a couple of his questions now:

Q: Are there boomers in seminary?
A: Yes, quite a few. I haven't counted heads, but I would say 10% or so are boomers. In my Christian Education class, there are 3 generations: boomers, Gen X (or busters), and millenials (or bridgers). The upsetting thing is to be in the oldest generation.

Q: What is the hardest thing about seminary?
A: Two things. 1)I do not retain reading as well as I did 30 years ago, so reading texts is more work than it was. 2) I've decided I am too old for homework.

Q: Are my professors rocking with Godly wisdom?
A: Definitely. These are Godly men and women who care about the students. They are brilliant, they are humble. That's not a combination you see out in the world often. And they are pouring into us with each class. I just wish I wasn't such a cracked vessel.

Q: Is my life changing by what I am learning?
A: I think so. I am finding it more meaningful to get into the word, and am also beginning to understand how easy it is for someone to be exposed to bad preaching and teaching that goes on out in the world.

Q: What is my biggest surprise about seminary?
A: I have always considered myself a reasonably intelligent human being. But I have seen more words I never used before. Like soteriology (study of salvation) or harmartiology (study of sin). Personally, I would have used salvology and sinology myself, but no one asked. But they actually use angelology, so my recommendations are not that crazy.

Q: What is the biggest surprise for me?
A: The weight of wanting to do well. Not for a grade, not just for the knowledge, but because I am studying God's word, and my best is the least I can do.

Q: Most meaningful lesson?
A: This is not going to be easy, but it is definitely going to be worth it.

I will try to share more in the future.


Laurie M. said...

They call it angelology because it's the same word in Greek as English, but you probably already know that, 'cause you're the one in seminary. (I took first year Greek, so I remember a couple of things like that. I'm actually in the process of re-learning what I forgot from all those years ago.)

Andy C said...

Thanks! Life would be so much easier if I understood Greek!

David Porter said...

Thanks Andy! Pretty soon I hope to have you carrying around a Flip Video so that I can actually be IN the classes with you.


Keep up the good work and keep us in tune.

Andy C said...

If I knew what that was, I might actually be in a position to do so!