I have a lot of cousins and respected friends who are seminary graduates. I also know more than a couple Bible scholars, teachers, and preachers, whom I respect a lot, who are not. My observation is that seminary can be valuable in providing a foundation in the historical lines of thought regarding issues springing from 2000 years of practical application of the Bible. But I also detect, among seminarians, a bit of head over heart bias (a natural side effect of the academic nature of the thing, I guess), as well as a “we have the inside knowledge” kind of elitism, that comes from, well, knowing things other people don’t. To keep this from being a black and white issue, I want to be clear that I am not questioning whether seminary is good; but my questions are:
A) is seminary necessary?
B) what is the appropriate role of seminary/seminarians in the everyday conduct of the local assembly and its work in the world?
I will be out for the next few days, starting in about two minutes. So, I will look forward to replaying the brawl that ensues (kidding, y’all) next week, when I return. Nothin’ but love. Mahalo. Aloha.