One Year of Study Stands Out As The Best...
On top of this I lacked the support and counsel of my pastor who seemed to have a dubious view of God's call on my life (Lord knows I gave him ample reason to hold such a view at the time!) I vividly remember the first time I spoke to him about my call... He sat in stunned silence... Then he frowned... Then he grunted... Eventually he launched into a speech, the tone of which was reminiscent of an unusually annoyed Wilfred Brimley waxing poetical on the subject of “diabeetus.”
So, without any advisors and not being fully satisfied as to the sufficiency of my education up to that point I was more or less unsure in what direction to go.
Fortunately the Lord had a plan... He always does.
It proved to be a great year for us!
In terms of its mechanics, I soon discovered that the Cornhill Training Course offered a unique blend of biblical education that was helpful, practical, casual, and yet rigorous. At the end of my academic year I emerged with a better grasp of the bible, a more well-rounded understanding of the practice of preaching, and a deeper conviction about the power & place of God's Word in the local church. These are things that continue to shape my ministry today.
Between 2004 & 2014 I studied more-or-less continually at a number of colleges and seminaries either as a fulltime or part-time student before eventually going on to earn a Master of Theology degree in Christian Education. While the Lord was faithful to use this entire decade of study to help me develop and mature into the minister and preacher He called me to be, I can nevertheless say in retrospect that my time at Cornhill Scotland was far and away the best and most beneficial year out of the entire decade!
I write this post today for the following reasons...
2) I am prayerfully expectant that someone – perhaps a "someone" in a position not unlike the position I was in all those years ago – might be introduced to Cornhill through my blog. Perhaps the Lord will lead him to study on the course... I would highly recommend it.
3) I want to express a public (and too long neglected) word of thanks to my main teachers at Cornhill - namely, Edward Lobb, Willie Philip, and Bob Fyall who were and are very faithful handlers of God's Word. Even as I write this I am reminded of Sir Isaac Newton's remark that if he was ever able to do great things it was only because he stood on the shoulders of giants – brothers, thank you for your willingness to hoist a young American novice up onto your shoulders. In my experience you have been and you will remain, much beloved giants.