Bags of Bran

One Paragraph on Northland
May 3, 2015, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Biography

My time at Northland Baptist Bible College was what it was. I learned things there. Got some nuts and bolts. Made some friends. I also had my eyes opened to the horrors of glandular religion.

I am grateful for my time there, as are most people who went all the way through, though I hold no brand loyalty to the institution. I would never have sent a student there after I graduated, even if it had frozen itself in time at the date of my graduation.

Now, it’s closing. I shall not say *ptooey* for its closure, though I believe it is best that it close, as at least a lesson for those wise enough to be suspicious of duplicity. No, I shall point the reader to an especially apt piece, written by a fellow recovering Northland graduate, which contains this clear-headed paragraph:

I doubt it was too much scrupulous attention to the heart that was the problem though. It is an object of care, but not of satisfaction, and as an object of satisfaction is how it becomes sickening for those who get weary of hearing about it. It’s always a problem to deal frivolously with what you need to take seriously, obvious as that may seem. It is hard on the heart. A search for ordinate affections will be eclipsed by attention to the magnitude of the organ’s increasingly random effusions. If you use the word serious and behave like a clown and never let up, what are people looking to you for direction bound to conclude? That seriousness is just intensity of any kind, however excited. And if they don’t fall for it, they will at least stop looking up to you when it comes to what it serious.

The heart is an object of care, not of satisfaction.

Read the rest here.


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