Philosophy Class and My Student’s Vision

imagesWow, that was cool. One of my philosophy students just left the classroom. I had just finished lecturing on Rene Descartes’ Meditations. It was our third day discussing epistemology. Because Descartes discusses dreams, the topic of dreams came up. At one point, I shared a very spiritual dream meant to demonstrate to one particular student that deliberation, thought, and reasoning do in fact occur during a dream.

After sharing a spiritual dream from my early 20’s (this is a secular college by the way), lecture and discussion went on as usual. Class ended and a student stood and waited for everyone else to leave. Once everyone was gone, he asked me personally, “Have you ever had vision?” This is the same student that approached me a week ago and asked me directly, “Are you a Christian?”

I told him “no.” I then asked him if he had had a vision. He said “yes.” I asked if he cared to share. He proceeded to share the following:

About a year ago, I was given an assignment that required me to close my eyes and picture what I might want to do in my future. After about ten seconds of sitting there, I was suddenly standing before a door frame (only the posts and lintel). Within a few seconds, an extremely bright figure (surrounded with bright light) appeared. As I stood and looked at the figure through the door frame, I was in awe. Besides being in awe, I noticed that he was wearing armor. Toward the end, I had this very strong impression that I was supposed to imitate this being.” 

Before the student finished, I had the thought, “God has put me here in this secular philosophy classroom to help this young man interpret his dream.” I asked him if he had ever read the book of Revelation in the Bible because in this book, Jesus appears, in some sense, in very bright light but also as a warrior. I then then told him that besides this reference, the main verse that came to mind as he spoke was Ephesians 5:1. Paul wrote, “Be imitators of God as dear children.”

Our conversation ended with me suggesting that this figure that was calling for “imitation” bears a remarkable resemblance to the person of Christ as presented in the New Testament.

God is on the move.

The Holy Spirit is at work.

This is why I left pastoring. I loved pastoring and still feel as though I am pastor at heart. However, I want to be here. Surrounded with people who are having spiritual dreams, reading philosophy, and trying to figure out if anything is out there trying to speak to them.

I am a missionary. That is the cry of my heart.

Published by B.J. Condrey

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

7 thoughts on “Philosophy Class and My Student’s Vision

  1. That was awesome BJ! I was asked recently to consider a position at a Christian school but I knew in my heart I am meant to teach at a public school. God uses me in ways that are so precious in the public school setting.

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  2. Great post! Even as a pastor, you had a huge impact on my life. Though you are missed, I know you heard the call of God to be a missionary, and know God will putting people in your life! 🙂

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