Monday, September 10, 2012

What Seminary is Teaching Me...

It's been almost 7 months since I brought my full-time ministry to a close and began on my MDiv studies. I can honestly say that I had no idea what I was about to get myself into, although I am probably better off that way. It ensures I don't chicken out.

I'm currently in the last leg of three courses that I've been working on over the summer. With all the packing, moving, and unpacking it's been sheer and utter chaos, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. This week I have to finish up one last paper, read 150 pages, and write a few short 100 word reflections. In the meantime I thought I'd take a little break to dust off the blog and let you in on what I've been learning these last 7 months.
  1. Books multiply. I have likely thumbed my way through more books since February than I did in all my college years combined.
  2. Informing people you are working on an MDiv leads either to interesting conversations or blank stares. There is no middle ground.
  3. America will sell me textbooks for WAY cheaper than I can buy them here in Canada. Unfortunately I am now a 5 hour drive from the border instead of a 5 minute drive.
  4. I am not an academic, but this is good process for me. I'm learning lots and it's pushing me into areas I would have otherwise not ventured into.
  5. I really should have focused more in college. I found my old GPA when trying to apply for a scholarship. Apparently age will make you a more diligent student.
  6. I actually know so little. I've occasionally been guilty of "knowing it all", so this learning process has been a good reminder to keep a proper perspective.
  7. I miss the world of full time ministry. I miss the ins and outs of weekly ministry life. I miss the people. I just miss church life.
  8. I could not do this without my wife.

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