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Take the Poll

Take the Poll

• January 31, 2008 • Comments (0)

Tony over at Said at Southern noticed our discussion here, and set up a poll on whether all your seminary classes are worthy of your best attention. I say no. What do you say? Take the poll. I’m really curious to see the results.

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At the start of each class

At the start of each class

• January 30, 2008 • Comments (0)

Here are the questions you need to ask and answer at the beginning of each class: 1. Will this be among the 20% of most valuable classes, to which I should devote my best energy, or will it be one of the 80% that are (comparatively) low-value? Many things go into this determination. Some classes […]

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Sucking out the marrow (and spitting out the pits)

• January 28, 2008 • Comments (3)

Back to planning your study. Again, I mention that our key idea here is triage. If you have time to devote full attention to every class (and your ministry and your job and your marriage and your health), then knock yourself out. If you’re one of the rest of us who has to let something […]

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My Crummiest Classes

• January 17, 2008 • Comments (5)

So if my top 20% of value came in 18 hours of classes, then surely I had a bottom 20%, too? You bet I did. Here they are: Old and New Testament (Four classes, 12 hrs) – Here the culprit was poor instructors. I had dithering graduate students for two of the four classes, and […]

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Classes Worth Taking

• January 15, 2008 • Comments (5)

The reasons for the value of a class can vary widely. Some factors can be: High-value books as part of assigned reading High-value lectures – good information High-value assignments which help you learn critical skills High-value professors whose teaching, life and/or personal example are impactful If the 80/20 principle holds true, then the highest value […]

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Some Classes Stink, or Introducing Mr. Pareto

• January 14, 2008 • Comments (7)

After you’ve chosen a degree, you need to plan your study within your degree curriculum. To do that, we’ll use the 80/20 Principle. The 80/20 Principle, also known as Pareto’s Law, is an incredibly powerful tool for time and priority management, with thousands of uses. The reality, for instance, that 80% of the work in […]

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Time to Get Back in the Saddle: Plan Your Study

• January 7, 2008 • Comments (1)

Is the break over already? I expect most of you are getting back into the groove of studies, whether tackling a J-term or starting the Winter semester. Time to get back in the saddle. So in honor of that, I’ll be posting some thoughts on planning your study. Here’s an introduction: Plan your study If […]

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Seminary DOES prepare you for ministry

Seminary DOES prepare you for ministry

• December 7, 2007 • Comments (0)

Let’s start by stating the obvious. If you go to seminary you should learn the Bible, Christian doctrine, ethics, church history, Greek and Hebrew. This is really important work, the very heart of ministry preparation. There are things people serving in ministry need to know, and know well. Ignorant Christians in leadership are an embarrassment […]

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You must learn triage

You must learn triage

• December 1, 2007 • Comments (7)

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 […]

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