Update: The two posts mentioned in this article are now up. “Letting Seminary Doctrinally Change You” and “Seminaries & the Nature of Truth“.
Yep, it’s a double-post sort of day. (let’s just say I’m making up for Labor Day.) But this is a personal one. I’m asking for some prayer.
At publication time for this post, the site GoingToSeminary.com is currently changing servers, so it’s down. It was just bought by the somewhat Lutheran and fully online Rockbridge Seminary, sold by my good friend (and former campus minister) Ryan Burns of Design Simple.
As some of you know, I am a Contributor for the site, and my articles have tended to be pretty weighty. I don’t know why. It hasn’t been purposeful. I suppose when I think of seminary it tugs at my urgent pastoral heart more than the light, fun, twentysomething heart; and this has been evident in the posts. From what I can tell, my last article “Realizing Seminary’s Not For You” has received more comments than any other single article that I can find on the site, and those comments were fiery. I got blasted from every side (and defended by many – thank you all, by the way). A couple of people even compared me to an unfaithful Israelite who saw the giants in the Promised Land and got scared. Another, in light of my severe disappointment in Westminster Theological Seminary as an institution, said that apparently I don’t know good doctrine when I see it. In short, it caused some controversy. I really try not to seek such controversy, and I never thought that post would spurn such heated discussion.
Tomorrow’s another story. Tomorrow my new article is going live on the site and I’m fairly sure this one will ruffle some feathers. In fact, I’m shocked Rockbridge went ahead and decided to post it. Kudos to them. It will be very easy for this article to be misunderstood on both sides: those that think I go too far, and those that think I don’t go as far as I am in fact trying to go.
The article is a discussion of how to let seminary doctrinally change you. To do this, I very consciously employ postmodern thought into my own thinking and advocate others do so as well. It’s very touchy and I am not wholly confident that I phrased myself as articulately as a more experienced writer may have been able to. I guess we’ll see over the next couple of days.
But, I’m actually not as concerned with this article as I am with the follow-up article I am about half-way through writing. In the first article I lay out the responsibilities for the seminarian in this respect; in this second one, I talk about the responsibilities of the healthy seminary institution. And in doing so I am directly taking Westminster to task for how they have abandoned the principles I lay out in this first article. I’m sort of doubting Rockbridge would run it on the site, but who knows? Westminster’s a competing institution and Rockbridge is marketing themselves as a seminary for the 21st century, so we’ll see.
All that to say, look for my article tomorrow at GoingToSeminary.com, and please pray for me if you could. I’m still young and arrogant, and I need the spiritual support. I’ll also link to the article tomorrow. Until then . . .