Author Archive: Mark

Mark Warnock is the founder and General Editor of Seminary Survival Guide.com. He trains church planters and coaches new worship leaders at Family Church in West Palm Beach, and is finishing a Ph.D in Christian Philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Tips for Better Writing

Tips for Better Writing

• September 15, 2010 • Comments (1)

Seminary students have a LOT of writing to do.  This article has some great counsel on honing your ability to write. One excerpt: 4. Give yourself time. Many smart people tell themselves pathetic lies like, “I do my best work at the last minute.” Look: It’s not true. No one works better under pressure. Sure, […]

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Category: Academics

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Are You Hiding From God at Seminary?

Are You Hiding From God at Seminary?

• September 14, 2010 • Comments (0)

This excerpt from Darrin Patrick’s new book, Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission, has terrific insight for seminary students. One of the greatest temptations for pastors is to use ministry to hide from and avoid God. It is easy to hide behind your sermons by expecting everyone in the church but yourself to […]

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Don't Be Lazy

Don’t Be Lazy

• August 23, 2010 • Comments (0)

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 […]

Category: Academics, Spiritual life

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Start the Semester Off Smart

Start the Semester Off Smart

• August 20, 2010 • Comments (1)

The first week of seminary is over, and looming ahead are due dates for reading, papers and tests. You know this because you should have a syllabus for each class, which contains all the assignments you’ll need to complete this semester and their due dates. This is awesome. It’s a time management bonanza. If you […]

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Category: Time Management

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Ministry Is For Broken People

Ministry Is For Broken People

• August 16, 2010 • Comments (4)

The true reasons people go into ministry are manifold.  We’ve written at length about the need for divine calling.  But not surprisingly, there are human factors as well. One major human factor that is widely unacknowledged is personal brokenness.  I’ve never met anyone in ministry who didn’t have some level of emotional wounding in their […]

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Category: Emotional Health

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Survival Skill # 1: Triage

Survival Skill # 1: Triage

• August 7, 2010 • Comments (0)

Triage (`tree-ozh), from French, “to sort.” 1. A process for sorting injured people into groups based on their need for or likely benefit from immediate medical treatment. Triage is used in hospital emergency rooms, on battlefields, and at disaster sites when limited medical resources must be allocated. 2. A system used to allocate a scarce commodity, […]

Category: Time Management

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Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

• May 4, 2010 • Comments (0)

(From the archives. ) 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 […]

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Dating At Seminary

Dating At Seminary

• May 4, 2010 • Comments (3)

So what’s it like to date at seminary? Ed and I are working on the relationships section of the book and realized we needed to hear from more perspectives than just ours. So how about it?  Have any thoughts or perspectives on seminary dating life you think would be valuable for other seminary students? You […]

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Quick Update

Quick Update

• April 24, 2010 • Comments (4)

Seminary Survival Guide.com has been fairly inactive, as you may have noticed. online cialis pharmacy I’ve been busy with lots of good things going at church: we’re attempting to relocate, and lots of people are coming to faith. The challenges are many and they are good. Next week, however, I’ll be taking a couple of […]

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Reflections on Graduating Seminary

Reflections on Graduating Seminary

• January 8, 2010 • Comments (2)

by Britt Treece A week before Christmas, after six long years of study, I graduated from seminary.  Looking back, I’ve had a lot of thoughts, questions, comments, and recommendations, so I thought that organizing some of them would be helpful both for me and for past, present, and future seminarians.  (Since it took me six […]

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Category: Stories

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