Allow me to begin by saying, “Titus is a great name.” I find it odd that there are more Titus’ floating around these days… Then again, maybe that’s just me.
So, Titus is currently the book of the Bible I’ve been spending the most time in lately. In fact, I would say that it is Titus that is a lot of the reason that I am picking up my family and moving to Orlando in December to attend RTS. In Titus the apostle Paul is extremely clear to Titus the great weight and responsibility Titus holds for teaching and leading the people in sound doctrine. Now, while I would say that I have pretty sound doctrine… however, there is something in Chapter 1 Verse 9 that always stands out to me. It says,
He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
Here Paul is explaining to Titus one of the responsibilities of an elder. I always get stuck on the “…as taught…” Now, sure, I’ve been taught A LOT over the years. I have a great deal of thanks and appreciation in my heart for the countless Godly men and women who have taught me over the years… but there is something in me that says it would be really helpful for me and all the people God might entrust to my care some day if I were to invest 3 years to be taught by some of the greatest theological minds this generation has seen. I read Titus and think, “This will make me a better elder some day.”
Now, is seminary a requirement to be a good elder? Is having a lot of book smarts a requirement to be a good elder or pastor? Surely the answer is no. However, the answer might also be yes. For me, I read Titus and think that, if I have the opportunity, I should go to seminary.
So… there you have it… one of the many reasons I’m going to seminary in January.
In related news, I am seriously considering starting a new blog that will focus entirely on chronicling the adventure of our family going to seminary. I think that there are lots of families that could benefit from hearing our, and other seminary families’, story. I know I would like to hear the story of other people with 2 young kids who quit their job and moved their family to go to school… How’d they do it is what I want to know… So, I figure it might be worth it to help some people out wit hour story..
We’ll keep you posted…