Above is the Trinity Bible College Chapel in North Dakota as I remember it. I spent a great deal of time in my college years inside it. It still looks much the same today except it has a lot of new construction attached to it. See Below.
I have been thinking of my options for a long term future. Some months ago I announced that one of those possibilities was possibly being an attorney. One of my professors this semester said something in a an off-hand comment sort of way that got me thinking however. Quote: “I was a political science major in school and I had plans to be an attorney but the more I looked at it the more I realized I never saw a happy attorney. Screw that. So I got a minor in philosophy and decided it might be much more fun to be a professor and began to pursue that.”
It got me thinking to many years ago when I was at Trinity and I was looking long term at what I wanted my life to be. I didn’t really want to be a pastor back then. I wanted to study the Bible and theology and then become a Bible College professor. I went to seminary because of this some years later but the pile up of family responsibility and student loan debt got to be so great, that after I walked in 1996 and received my MA; I stopped going to school. Outside of ministry my education at that point was not worth that much. I pursed being a pastor as much as by default as anything else.
This comment though from one of my current professors got me thinking again about being a professor but perhaps my experience has expanded my horizons a bit so I am not just going to limit myself to Bible Colleges but perhaps secular education might not only be more lucrative but more of being a Christian witness in a hostile environment. Or perhaps it only appears hostile but the point is made that I really like college campuses.
I love the atmosphere of a college or university campus. There is just something about it that is intoxicating to me. Ideas flow in no other place like they do in higher education and the campus atmospheres are always as comfortable as possible. That is only part of it however. I find myself wondering that if to learn at a higher level than I am I might someday have to teach to increase my learning.
If I had to do it all over again, the ministry route would still probably have to be followed. If for nothing else I had to grow as a Christian and being just a rank and file Christian would have never allowed me to grow as much as I have as a pastor. But there is another part of me that loves learning and right now it is cool to be a student again but there will come a point where just being a student might not be enough for me to learn and that might require a change to being a teacher. Problem is I think the only students that would really challenge me would be college students. Definitely something to think on.
No rundown this week.
Blessings and Cheers!!!