17 March 2006

A Humbling Proverb or Two

If you are a seminarian and happen to like being smacked with an ax right between your eyes, you might want to look right here.

Here's a sampling:
It is not for theologs, O Lemuel, it is not for theologs to tarry long in heated discussion with doctors.
The glory of a seminarian is his humility, and not his display of erudition....
Ask to understand, not argue. If you are sure your question is probing and insightful, hold your tongue. No doubt your teacher is about to answer it.
At the very least, remember someone else asked your insightful question long before you did. Live in the light of their shadow and be accordingly humble.

If it doesn't help or if you are not taking classes at the moment: get out of town, take a long look at the night sky, and think to yourself, "This is the work of God's fingers!"

Ps. 8:4-5 "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?"

Here is another proverb (this one directly from the Scriptures) that has given me pause lately:

Prov. 16:5 "The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished."


kevin mcfadden said...

Thanks Pitts.

Can I borrow Mahaney's book when I'm home for Spring Break (4/3 ff.)?

T. Baylor said...

E-mail me when you get the chance, I want to talk with you about a cool opportunity I just got, and I am wondering if you might be able to help.


Anonymous said...

From KMC's comment, are you reading Mahaney's book on Humility?
Anyway, I wanted to add someone else's 2cents. When I was taking a Hermeneutics course correspondence while I was living in Mexico, the professor (Gordon Lovik of Calvary) said something along the lines of:
Often seminaries get criticized for causing guys to lose a heart for ministry or doctrine ends up dry and sterile. Most of the time the problem is not with the [evangelical, I must add] seminary, but with the seminarian's own heart.

Thanks for bringing this up.

Jeremy Pittsley said...

I am reading Mahaney's book, yes. There's a sampling here.