The Reason Why Some People Talk about Seminary, but Never Attend

Every seminary experiences prospective students who inquire, visit, and plan to enroll, but never end up attending. Sometimes they go to another seminary. Sometimes their path turns a different direction. Sometimes, however, the conditions just aren’t “favorable” for attending seminary “at this time.” While I’m sure many have perfectly good reasons, I wonder about some. C. S. Lewis reminds us that the pursuit of knowledge is not for the sunshine soldier and the weekend warrior:

“The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” (from “Learning in Wartime,” in The Weight of Glory, 50).

Ecclesiastes 11:4 concurs:

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.


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The mission of Calvary Baptist Seminary as a professional, graduate-level school is to glorify God by preparing individuals for ministry as godly, servant-leaders of local churches worldwide through the combination of instruction in the Scriptures with theological education and training in ministry skills.

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