“If you want to impact someone’s life, love them when they least deserve it. When people blow it, you have an opportunity to impact their lives forever. You might think, “But, they don’t deserve it!” That’s the point, isn’t it? Do you deserve the grace of God?”—@MarkBatterson #WildGooseChase
Faith is not logical. But it isn’t illogical either. Faith is theological. It does not ignore reality; it just adds God into the equation. Faith is not mindless ignorance; it simply refuses to limit God tithe logical constraints of the left brain.
Think of it this way. Logic questions God. Faith questions assumptions. And at the end of the day, faith is trusting God more than you trust your own assumptions.
“Spiritual maturity has less to do with long range vision than it does with moment-by-moment sensitivity to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. And it is our moment-by-moment sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that turns life into an everyday adventure.”—@MarkBatterson #WildGooseChase
Micah, I remembered you saying sometime ago something about seminary and I was just wondering if you could offer me some insight as to that process, what your undergrad was in, and when you started looking into doing graduate work. I'm currently in a Church Music program that is very heavy on the "music" and a bit lacking in the "church" and am thinking of changing majors so I was hoping You could offer some insight for me. Thanks, Matt.
Glad to help. I got all three of my degrees from Liberty University / Liberty Theological Seminary.
In my undergrad I started out as a music major but failed all my theory classes. I have the hardest time understanding it. I still can’t read music and do everything by ear. This is something I’m currently desiring to grow more in. As I’m finding more and more that I need those skills. I ended up majoring in my minor and doing a Bachelor of Science in Religion with a concentration on Youth Ministry and a Worship Studies minor.
My graduate work came as an unplanned blessing. The church I was working at provided free school for me. So I ended up doing a broad degree and got a Master of Arts in Religion with a Church Ministries specialization followed by another opportunity to get more school through my wife’s employment at the university and I finished my Masters of Divinity with a Worship Studies specialization.
All that to say this… the thing I’m having to learn the most on my own right now is music. I don’t have the background I want and am playing catch up. Most of the “ministry” stuff I learned in class only slightly prepared me for “real world” application. Ministry/Methodology in the church is constantly changing as is the world. I loved what I learned in my classes at LU. It was very beneficial for me. However I learned more from real world experience. As I’m sure is true with any field of study.
I would keep working at the music degree and get involved volunteering in a leadership capacity at a local church. You’ll learn more from actually being in ministry than you will from the classroom.