Author Archive: Mark

Mark Warnock is the founder and General Editor of Seminary Survival Guide.com. He serves as Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Illinois, and is a Ph.D student in Christian Philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is working with Ed Eubanks on a book on how to survive seminary.

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Your Seminary Isn't Responsible For Your Education

Your Seminary Isn’t Responsible For Your Education

• October 27, 2008 • Comments (7)

Your seminary isn’t responsible for your education.  You are. In the past week, I’ve had the chance to visit with a few current and just-graduated seminarians, and some of their observations have been strikingly similar: The seminary environment is too academic. The assigned readings are too long, and not really related to the subject matter. […]

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Stumbling at Seminary: Laziness

Stumbling at Seminary: Laziness

• October 6, 2008 • Comments (1)

In the face of all the multiple demands at seminary, the temptation to laziness can be acute.  I’ve spoken with a number of students who succumb to laziness, to their own hurt.  They have much to get done, but cannot get themselves to do it. Often laziness will show up as procrastination; or choosing to […]

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Category: Spiritual life

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Introducing Ed

Introducing Ed

• September 15, 2008 • Comments (0)

You’ve probably seen Ed Eubanks’ comments around Seminary Survival Guide.  I’ve always found them to be mature and thoughtful.  Well, after some correspondence, Ed and I met face to face last week for the first time over great food at Growler’s off Lindbergh in St. Louis.  I’m happy to announce that in addition to his […]

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Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

• September 8, 2008 • Comments (8)

In an interview with the dean of students at a leading evangelical seminary, I asked about the most common reasons people did not complete seminary.  One of his answers was a shock to me: students get caught cheating. Seminary students have ample opportunity to cheat. You can plagiarize-representing the academic work of others as your […]

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Tim Keller on Time Priorities

Tim Keller on Time Priorities

• September 1, 2008 • Comments (3)

This is definitely worth two minutes of your time. (RSS readers: embedded video) If you manage your time and priorities right, people will be mad at you. Get used to it. HT: Chris Gensheer

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A Little Seminary Is A Dangerous Thing

A Little Seminary Is A Dangerous Thing

• August 20, 2008 • Comments (5)

Beginning seminary students are often flush with excitement of the prospect of learning the deep things of God. With a legitimate hunger for God’s word, we tackle our language and theology study with great rigor, and begin having conversations with our fellow students, challenging each other’s understanding of the scriptures. A little knowledge, however, is […]

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Master Your Seminary’s Required Reading in Half the Time (or Less)

Master Your Seminary’s Required Reading in Half the Time (or Less)

• August 11, 2008 • Comments (15)

Seminary requires a massive amount of reading. Often the workload for even a single course can go over a thousand pages. Multiply that by four or five, and it becomes daunting, especially if you’re not a natural reader. The numbers of people who struggle with reading seems to be growing, and I’m sure that’s the […]

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Live Off Campus

Live Off Campus

• August 7, 2008 • Comments (1)

Seminary housing is often more affordable than comparable accommodations in surrounding communities, and it is definitely more convenient. However, there is a snare associated with it. Seminary is not the real world. It is a bubble, insulated both physically and ideologically from the lost culture in which it stands. In one sense, this is good. […]

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You're a Victim of Triage (and upcoming posts!)

You’re a Victim of Triage (and upcoming posts!)

• August 5, 2008 • Comments (1)

Regular readers of Seminary Survival Guide have noticed that my posting has been slow of late. My explanation is that I’ve been practicing what I preach. One key concept I believe it’s critical for Christian leaders to master is triage: knowing how to sort through a welter of urgent demands and determine what is truly […]

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Avoid the "Seminary Church"

Avoid the “Seminary Church”

• July 17, 2008 • Comments (5)

Particularly around larger seminaries, you’ll find what I call the “seminary church.” It’s almost always a large church. Often it’s close to the campus. Many professors and students attend it. The culture and theology of the seminary often bleeds over into the church. For seminary students, it’s a comfy place to be. There were a […]

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