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In this episode of Under the Fig Tree, hosts Rev. Micah Glenn and Dr. Ben Haupt sit down with fourth-year Master of Divinity student Dillon Weber, who also serves as the Student Association president. Weber grew up in Washington and describes his nontraditional path to the Seminary. “I didn’t grow up Christian,” he says. “My parents were Christian growing up but after Confirmation they kind of fell away from the faith. They married, they had me and church was not a part of our lives although my mom did have me baptized when I was a baby … because that’s what you did. Looking back It’s very easy to see God being faithful to His promises.” Dillon became a Christian in middle school and later studied chemistry and teaching in college before discerning God’s pull toward pastoral ministry. He also talks about the importance of practicing daily gratitude, something he began practicing during his undergraduate studies. “It’s easy to look at the world and perceive that God is not doing something, that God is not answering His people’s prayers,” he says. “But He is. It’s trite but God does make all things work together. Practicing gratitude and thanksgiving will help foster that kind of mindset.” He also shares advice for prospective students. “Pray about it,” he says. “Foster a strong prayer life and it’ll be immensely beneficial.” In the recurring segment, “Ripe for the picking or leave it on the tree,” hear how the men feel about bubbly water, hard lemonade, Nirvana, Yeti cups and more!

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Laity; Ministers; Future Seminarians; Future Deaconesses

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