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Albert Mohler on Calling

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Dr. Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky writing on calling, resonates with our view of calling: An excerpt: Charles Spurgeon identified the first sign of God’s call to the ministry as “an intense, all-absorbing desire for the work.” Those called by God sense a growing compulsion to preach and teach the Word, and to minister …

Thinking of Seminary?

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During the summer, some folks are finalizing plan to begin seminary in the Fall. Whether you’re on your way, or thinking about it, here’s a summary of our series on calling to ministry. Make Sure You’re Supposed to Be Here Part One Part Two Part Three Sounding the Call Part Four The Calling to Ministry Self-Assessment (pdf) And as a …

Is “Calling” a Biblical Idea?

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A few days ago, I got a great question in the comments on a post I’d written on calling to ministry. It’s a topic on which I have well-formed opinions. Here’s the question: Where does this concept of a “call” come from in Scripture? I mean, some of the great men of the faith were audibly and explicitly told …

Ortberg on Calling

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John Ortberg just published an article exploring the idea of the “call” to ministry. I have been a pastor for a long time now. When I was ordained in the Baptist church, one of the questions I knew was coming was, “Tell us about your ‘call.’” In our tradition, if you became a pastor, you had to have a “call”: …

I decided to quit my job to go to seminary

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(This story–our first!!–comes from the webmaster at – Mark) About four years ago my wife and I moved from the south to the not-quite-north. The move had lots of factors… FAR too many to go into here. But we packed the car and headed on the journey with a couple thousand dollars in the bank and an apartment waiting …

Challies on Discernment and Calling

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Tim Challies, the author of The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, has some good remarks about calling that are along the lines of some things we’ve said here.