Having finished up my first year of studying philosophy at Talbot, I thought it would be helpful to write out a few takeaways from the year. It’s been a challenging academic year, to be sure, but I can confidently say that every moment has been rich with experience and learning and humbling and grace.
- Taking school seriously is actually kind of fun.
- People will talk to me differently because I’m in seminary.
- I’m a poor evangelist, but that is not my identity (it’s just an accidental property I have heh). I am conscious of this and I need to bring it to God. He will be faithful in guiding me to those He wants me to reach.
- There is a way to disagree without offending the other party.
- Spiritual disciplines are legitimately helpful.
- Philosophy is a mind-molding kind of subject; it often does work in the background of the mind (if such there be).
- Church must be far and away greater than what we think it ought to be – in more ways than one.
- Old friendships are real anchors.
- New friendships are constantly surprising.
- Family is so often taken for granted.
- I’ve become really self-conscious about the content I produce and rely less and less on a blog to just introspect externally; this is not a positive trend.
- Calvinism is not the only theology (gasp) but it IS the best one 😉 kidding! Theological perspectives, in some respects, are held in virtue of personal experience of relationship with and to God.
- Being kind is not reserved just for non-Christians (as surprising as the idea of speaking with a kind Christian seems to be nowadays); we must also be kind to the brothers and sisters we meet with regularly lest we take them for granted (see 10).
- Pastoring is a serious, thankless job; a special level of maturity and spiritual discernment is required for it. Love your pastors! As humans, they’re trying the hardest and battling the most within themselves to examine their own lives first and be faithful to what they’ve been called to.
- There are frequently moments where God opens the eyes to exceeding beauty – how many have I missed?
- Granting things in a discussion and still finding a way to make a case is more powerful than complete and utter blindness to the opposition.
- The library is actually a wonderful place to be, especially in the study rooms
- I’m running out of things (even though there are probably sooo many more), so the last one that comes to mind is: reality is a big thing – I’m gonna need an Atlas (heh). Grateful for professors who have allowed me to come to office hours with very few intellectually rigorous questions, but have grounded my continuing in the program.
Looking forward to seeing what the next year will hold!