45 Ways to Waste Your Seminary Education

In Links, Spiritual life by adminmark

Last week, while I was vacationing in the Keys, Derek Brown posted a devastating list every seminary student should read, entitled “How to Waste Your Theological Education.” Here’s a sample: 1. Cultivate pride by writing only to impress your professors instead of writing to better understand and more clearly communicate truth. 2. Perfect the fine art of corner-cutting by not …

Teaching Your Kids to Love the Church

In Links, Marriage/Family by adminmark

Since so many seminary students have young children, I thought Dustin Benge’s recent post was definitely worth passing along. From the time they are born a pastors’ child is the center of attention in the church and cannot escape scrutiny by members. When dad doesn’t come home when he said he would, when dad misses the ball game, when dad …

Seminary Time Waster #6: Saying “Yes” to Every Request

In Time Management by adminmark

Seminary students who can’t say no give permission to others to waste their time. We’re nice people. We like to say yes. Jesus knew this. He advised us, “Ask and it shall be given to you.” (This verse is not primarily about prayer; it is about human interaction.) He knew that people’s default response to any request is yes. If …

End of Another Semester at Seminary

In Links by adminmark

I suspect many of you are finishing up papers and exams (or have already) and are looking forward to breathing that awesome sigh of relief when your final project is done. Pretty sweet feeling, isn’t it? So before you get started with another round of classes, I want to suggest that you take a little soul inventory. I sat next …

Writing Learning Objectives for Your Seminary Experience

In Academics by adminmark

I worked four years in a church staff position during and after college before deciding I needed to further my education by going to seminary. Those years were invaluable to my development, because I experienced ministry and discovered what I didn’t know and needed to learn before starting my studies. I wish all incoming students could have ministry experience before …