Moving Beyond Harry Potter and Recipe Books

Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Dave’s recent sermons about Colossians 3 and the importance of developing our minds as Christians (you can podcast them here) have once again reminded me what a pitiful job I do of that. Ironically, my major at Mizzou was English Education. But, I must admit, I’m not “a reader” by nature (unless it’s Harry Potter or recipe books!). Reading and thinking are typically things I do when assigned to me, when I have to prepare to teach something, or when it involves very little brain power before going to bed. All that is to say, developing my mind takes calculated effort on my part. Perhaps you can relate.

However, I recently discovered an exciting, challenging, and accessible way to grow in my faith. Covenant Seminary (where three of our pastors got their MDiv degrees) offers more than 20 free online courses. Not only can you podcast and listen to all the lectures, but you can even download the lecture transcripts and outlines. Following the detailed notes while I listen to the lectures helps me stay focused and understand the material even better. Don’t worry…no tests or quizzes are involved!

The class I’ve been listening to is entitled “God and His Word.” This topic is something that I find very relevant to my life and our culture. Not only do questions pop up in my mind like, “why should I trust the Bible?” or “why does theology matter?”, but I consistently find myself having conversations with my family and others about this very subject. This really has been one of the best 45 minutes of my day. If you’re interested in developing your mind in this way, check out all the free courses here.

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