I found some old history papers from college. Lots of memories came back!
The rush of reaching the page requirements and thinking of the most academic way of saying something without sounding too boring.
What I remembered most is how much I enjoyed writing those papers. Every paper was an adventure–and I never minded the research, either.
All of that reading and digging…
I was stretched in many ways during college, ways that I often miss now that I’ve graduated.
Of course, Rhema presents it’s own challenges. My spirit man is getting a real workout! The coolest thing is seeing how my time in a more “academic” setting is helping me now that I’m in Bible school.
The mind and the spirit are powerful when used together.
Many don’t see it this way, but it’s true. It reminds me of a quote by R.C. Sproul:
An unlearned Christian is no match for a learned skeptic.
Christians must be able to accurately discuss what they believe with others.
Notice that I didn’t say defend because I don’t believe it’s our job to defend the Scriptures. They have stood the test of time and can defend themselves.
For the most part, people aren’t attacking the Bible–they just want you to explain it to them.
Most Christians, however, are quite terrible at engaging in conversations about their beliefs. They don’t know the scriptures, are not well read, and are downright mean in their approach to healthy discussions about faith.
You can be a learned Christian and not:
- Carry around a large family Bible
- Talk in esoteric terms
- Go to Bible school or seminary
Christians need to know that they don’t have to check their brains at the door when they accept Christ.
No, no! Your redeemed mind is a valuable asset in the Kingdom of God.