[The following is an excerpt from a Spiritual Life discussion.]
I admit that it is difficult for a higher education Christian institution to maintain the right balance of cognitive plus affective aspects in the pursuit of a deeper Christian walk, especially when grades must be given and arbitrary deadlines met. I often think of I Corinthians 4:20 that says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power,” which reaffirms the fact that spiritual victories are ultimately based on the works of God in people’s hearts and lives. The cognitive aspect seems to take second place (though certainly not unimportant!), and yet here we are in system which (necessarily) emphasizes the cognitive aspect. This is an important distinction to me as I am in seminary, and I look for ways in which to actually grow my relationship with God in the midst of learning more about Him and what He’s done throughout history. These two are closely intertwined, yet we have a tendency to separate the two. Let us go beyond writing and talk to action and hands-on ministry.