Why attend a “brick and mortar” institution? Why walk away from the benefits and discounts offered by online education? Because those discounts come with a cost—a savings accomplished by gutting education of its heart and soul—the relationship between teacher and student, in which not merely information, but a way of life is imparted through an ongoing relationship.
Is it really a seminary education if we are not worshiping together, praying with one another or talking about Jesus between classes? . . . Students can learn online. Friendships can form online. God can be heard through computer speakers, but it is hard to imagine the Lord’s Supper as a Skype meeting.