Dave Black is my PhD mentor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a professor at a seminary, teaching New Testament and Greek. If you’ve read my blog for more than a day or two, you probably already know this. But, I make that statement for a reason.
So, some may be surprised by what he wrote this morning on his blog (Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.).
Look at the paragraph under the picture of George Armstrong Custer:
Although I am a classroom teacher by profession and have been at it for some 34 years, I assure you, everything of significance you will ever learn you will learn from experience, not in a classroom. The crucible of life is realistic, nontechnical (usually), and free from perfectionistic demands. Essentially, Christianity is a Way of life. Biblical principles work. If they didn’t, I would never waste your time or mine by writing this blog. Life is a place for biblical truth to be fleshed out, regardless of our educational status or attainments. It’s lengthy, costly, messy — and just plain hard work. But when you consider the alternative, it’s well worth the effort.
Why would a seminary professor write something like that? I think it’s because he understands that our spiritual growth and discipleship is more important than defending his position as a professor.
Professors and classes and do good things. But, like Dave Black wrote, “[E]verything of significance you will ever learn you will learn from experience, not in a classroom.”
So, I have a question for my fellow students (and even for professors)… where are you doing most of your learning?