This week I am at Yale Divinity School attending their summer course Jonathan Edwards and the Bible. You might think that would be a small group of uptight-super-Reformed clergy.
On that point you would be mistaken.
There are about 30 people in the class. Too big in fact for the room that had been assigned—they had to upgrade us to their largest lecture hall. There are Baptists, Methodists, Anglicans, Presbyterians, and Congregationalists. There are pastors, professors, computer programmers, housewives, and students. People in their 20’s, 30’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Both men and women (housewives should have been a big hint). The participants span the theological spectrum from the staunchly conservative to the wildly liberal…there is even an atheist (real nice guy by the way). Some people like myself who could be called scholars of Edwards to people who know next to nothing about him and everywhere in between. There are at least half a dozen different ethnicities represented. There are people from California, North Carolina, Virginia, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Michigan (and I am sure a few others I can’t remember). Some are there to get continuing education credit, others for research, still others for fun, and even some just out of curiosity.
And you know what? We all got along! And that’s the point. I am grateful for this example of seeing a very diverse group come together to listen, learn, grow, and fellowship together. It is not all bad news out there people. There is a lot to be thankful for.