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Sexual Sin is the Atomic Bomb

Sexual Sin is the Atomic Bomb

• January 30, 2012 • Comments (4)

Your personal sexual integrity is as important as anything else. A pastor friend of mine put it this way:  Sexual sin among ministers is the atomic bomb.  Nothing else can destroy so much, so fast. It will wreak havoc and destruction in the church on a scale that nothing else can. But among you there […]

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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 […]

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My First Semester Shock, or Seminarians Without Chests

My First Semester Shock, or Seminarians Without Chests

• September 21, 2009 • Comments (17)

I approached seminary with many of the common illusions seminary students have. I thought it would be a spiritually vibrant and intense time, full of people who were overflowing with passion for Christ. Boy was I surprised. My first semester, I enrolled in Hebrew class, like many beginning M.Div.-ers. I made friends with some other […]

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"Mr. Ask a Question in Class to Try to Look Smarter" Guy

“Mr. Ask a Question in Class to Try to Look Smarter” Guy

• January 14, 2009 • Comments (7)

We’ve all seen examples of people who, when the scene plays out, we know that we do not want to be “that guy.”  For example, when you see the guy who has just barely learned a new theological term throwing it around among people who know what that term means so as to make people […]

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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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Learn to Confess Your Sins

Learn to Confess Your Sins

• June 16, 2008 • Comments (6)

Confession is a much neglected discipline in Protestant life, despite the clear biblical command to “confess your sins to one another and pray for each other that you may be healed.” (James 5:16) Speaking your depravity out loud to a listening brother or sister in Christ is one of the most powerful means of sanctification […]

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45 Ways to Waste Your Seminary Education

45 Ways to Waste Your Seminary Education

• May 22, 2008 • Comments (0)

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 […]

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Using Mentors in Seminary

Using Mentors in Seminary

• April 28, 2008 • Comments (7)

Having a learning coach or ministry mentor is a great way to leverage your seminary experience. Our research on theological education as well as surveys with people in the field led us to make mentoring a significant part of our learning model. Many seminaries will involve mentoring during the last two semesters of their study […]

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Seminary Evangelism Class Must-See

Seminary Evangelism Class Must-See

• April 2, 2008 • Comments (0)

This woman should teach a seminary evangelism class. If you haven’t yet seen this clip about this sweet woman sharing Christ with a would-be mugger, you must watch. This stirs me up. “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season.” 2 Timothy 4:2 HT: Timmy Brister

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Learn to Love People

Learn to Love People

• March 27, 2008 • Comments (1)

(“Learn to…” Series, part four) Seminary cannot teach you to love people. If you are going to lead God’s people, however, you must learn to love them. Seminary by its nature is primarily devoted to the formation of the mind, to think right thoughts about God, to master theology. This is an important pursuit which […]

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