Last week, I posted a short reflection about what I have learned in a year’s time at seminary. Though I stand behind every word of it, I know that most of my blog readership comes from people back home who want to hear updates on Kansas City life. So, here’s a second reflection as the semester comes to a screeching halt.
Let me start out by saying that if I ever doubted the hype before, I can no longer: what is happening at Midwestern can only be traced back to the hand of God. Whether you are running statistics or observing classrooms, Midwestern is growing in both numbers and theological prowess. I could list name after name of brilliant men and women training for the church here at MBTS. Shepherds and pastors, thinkers and writers, preachers and exegetes—they all seem to be shining brighter and brighter as the school sees growth. I can’t wait to see Midwestern in fifteen years.
That said, here are three things that have uniquely impacted me in my first year at Midwestern:
I could name a million other things about MBTS that make it worth its while: the Student Life staff, the vision and leadership of Dr. Allen, the accessibility of the faculty and staff, or emphasis on being biblically faithful over pragmatically goal-oriented. But the one thing that is simply undeniable is that God is at work at Midwestern Seminary. The institution is approaching a new standard of academic excellence and is committed to maintaining its anchor in the God of the gospel and the church. Midwestern wants to train godly leaders, and they aren’t kidding around. And though it’s often hard being away from home, and it wasn’t the school I ever imagined I would end up attending, there is absolutely no other institution at which I would rather be training for ministry than Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
And because I stand behind the vision of MBTS, here's a link to their admissions page if you'd like more info. It's been a great first year, and I can't wait to get back next year to continue being a student here.
Cody Glen Barnhart
Cody Glen Barnhart (@codygbarnhart) lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and is a student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Canon & Culture, Gospel Centered Discipleship, and is a contributor at servantsofgrace.org.