Education, in the classical sense, was not training for a particular job or skill set, but it was formation of patterns of thought. It was about how to think. Not what to think – people of good conscience can come to different answers – but how. To do that you have to have the confidence that there is a correct way to think, and that we can find it or have it revealed to us. Concordia Seminary is an interesting institution in that it still believes in formation. Pastoral education is still called formation. And they definitely believe that the scriptures contain the proper way to think.
This post on the Concordia Seminary recruitment blog is a reflection on the church and that formation by Dr. Burreson. He mentions two classes, Lutheran Mind and Systematics 4. I had him for both of these classes.
Toward the end he states.
we human beings that make up the body of Christ are one through Him alone who was crucified and raised and whose Father incorporates us into His Son’s body by the stuff of life: water, bread, wine and words.
That struck me a similiar to my introduction to last week’s sermon.
The Bible is actually full of monetary images. That shouldn’t surprise us because while inspired the Bible also had human authors. It is full of the things of everyday life. Bread and water and wine…The stuff of everyday life.
It might have been a window opened to Dr. Burresson recently (he just came off sabbatical, so things look new), but it would seem that the same thoughts and windows were in action well before that.