Charles Saville points to a good post by Derek Brown on how to waste a theological education. While it is written from the point view of of someone still in seminary, I found it helpful for my soul. (It is eminently possible to waste an education AFTER you have graduated). I picked out my top 10 ways:
- Mistake the amount of education you receive with the actual knowledge you obtain. Keep telling yourself, “I’ll really start learning this stuff when I do my Th.M or my Ph.D.”
- Practice misquoting and misrepresenting positions and ideas you don’t agree with. Be lazy and don’t attempt to understand opposing views; instead, nurse your prejudices and exalt your opinions by superficial reading and listening.
- Set aside fellowship and accountability with fellow brothers in Christ.
- Let your study of divine things become dull, boring, lifeless, and mundane.
- Make the mistake of thinking that your education guarantees your success in ministry.
- Gain knowledge in order to merely teach others. Don’t expend the effort it takes to deal with your own heart.
- Don’t serve the poor, visit the sick, or care for widows and orphans – save that stuff for the uneducated, non-seminary trained, lay Christians.
- Appear spiritual and knowledgeable at all costs. Don’t let others see your imperfections and ignorance, even if it means you have to lie.
- Love books and theology and ministry more than the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Don’t really try to learn the languages – let Bible Works do all the work for you.
You can find the complete list here.