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Deciding Where You Stand At Seminary

Deciding Where You Stand At Seminary

• November 3, 2008 • Comments (1)

There is a huge range of debatable issues in theology and in the practice of ministry that a person could take sides on.  An average church member generally isn’t required to have fully developed theological opinions.  They are often asked to agree with and support the theological and philosophical stance their church, but aren’t required […]

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When You're Invited to Preach

When You’re Invited to Preach

• October 8, 2008 • Comments (4)

When I’m invited to preach at a church I’ve never been to, I want to gather information that will guide me in the ministry of pulpit supply. Here are the questions I ask: How did you get my name? (Probably through the seminary, but it’s good to ask.) What time does worship begin? When does […]

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Supply Preaching during Seminary

Supply Preaching during Seminary

• October 1, 2008 • Comments (5)

I’ve had more than my share of preaching, teaching, and speaking opportunities since I began seminary studies. A lot of these have been repeat visits– during seminary, I preached 94 times in 23 different places. So I’ve been blessed to get some invitations to go back to places I’ve preached before. (I always appreciate the […]

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Recycling Sermons at Seminary

Recycling Sermons at Seminary

• September 22, 2008 • Comments (2)

“I’m preaching tomorrow. Yeah, I’ve never been to this church before, so I’ll just recycle one of my sermons from class.” If you are, or have been, in seminary, you may have heard a classmate say this. Perhaps you have said it- or thought it- yourself. Now, there is nothing wrong with “recycling” a sermon. […]

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How many times did you preach in seminary?

How many times did you preach in seminary?

• September 15, 2008 • Comments (2)

Grab the closest recent seminary graduate and ask him this question: how many times did he preach while in seminary? cialis professional cheap Not how many preaching classes did he take; on how many occasions did he actually preach a sermon? His answer, I suspect, may surprise you. Depending on the seminary, the answer may […]

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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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