Middle Class Churches

"One of the reasons we have middle-class churches that are failing to reach working-class people is that we have middle-class leaders. And we have middle-class leaders because our expectations of what constitutes leadership and our training methods are middle-class. Indeed working class people only really get into leadership by effectively becoming middle class." - Total Church
Seminary costs a boatload of money. And then it uproots people, puts them in a place away from their ministry and "trains" them purely in an intellectual knowledge-transmission method. Then it ships people back home and is surprised when many find they are ill equipped.

What if we put doctors in school for 3 years with books and lectures and then put them in hospitals and gave them scalpels? Why does the medical industry better train their people than the Church?

The saddest part of all of this is that ministry training can and should be cheap. Jesus did it for very very little.

Our Dependance on the Power of God for Everything - Jonathan Edwards ➙

Men are dependent on the power of God for every exercise of grace, and for carrying on the work of grace in the heart, for the subduing of sin and corruption, and increasing holy principles, and enabling to bring forth fruit in good works, and at last bringing grace to its perfection, in making the soul completely amiable in Christ’s glorious likeness, and filling of it with a satisfying joy and blessedness; and for the raising of the body to life, and to such a perfect state, that it shall be suitable for a habitation and organ for a soul so perfected and blessed. These are the most glorious effects of the power of God that are seen in the series of God’s acts with respect to the creatures.

It is my hat! - C.S. Lewis ➙

Jack's clothes were a matter of complete indifference to him: he had an extraordinary knack of making a new suit look shabby the second time he wore it. One of his garments has passed into legend. It is said that Jack once took a guest for an early morning walk on the Magdalen College grounds, in Oxford, after a very wet night. Presently the guest brought his attention to a curious lump of cloth hanging on a bush. "That looks like my hat," said Jack; then, joyfully, "It is my hat." And, clapping the sodden mass on his head, he continued his walk.
I listened to the first part on the biography of C.S. Lewis on iTunes U where this was quoted. The professor that is lecturing from RTS recently passed away, but he was a great lecturer.

As a person who is rather indifferent to how I look, this gives me something to strive for. If you don't know, "Jack" was the name by which most of Clive Staples' close friends called him.

First Corinthians Three, with a Slight Modification so as to Make a Point

If 1 Corinthians 3 had been written to students of Reformed Theological Seminary:
But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Calvin,” and another, “I follow Wesley,” are you not being merely human?
What then is Wesley? What is Calvin? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. Calvin planted, Wesley watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Calvin or Wesley or Luther or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
Seriously. I cannot accept that our splitting has been anything but sinful. I have no solutions for our reconciliation, only frustration at our incompetence to do so.

When I had first started my degree a friend in class was talking about Arminians and how he as a Calvinist could never hope to work together with them. I asked him if he was serious, to which he replied, "What has light to do with darkness?" And while he was sort of joking, he wasn't really.

And the Calvin/Wesley argument is just one of many. The Calvinists think everyone lives and dies on predestination. The dispensationalists on something else, the Pentecostals on something else etc... But "all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's."