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Your Seminary Isn’t Responsible For Your Education

• October 27, 2008 • Comments (7)

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Your Seminary Isn't Responsible For Your Education

Your seminary isn’t responsible for your education.  You are. In the past week, I’ve had the chance to visit with a few current and just-graduated seminarians, and some of their observations have been strikingly similar: The seminary environment is too academic. The assigned readings are too long, and not really related to the subject matter. […]

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When You’re Invited to Preach

• October 8, 2008 • Comments (4)
When You're Invited to Preach

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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Stumbling at Seminary: Laziness

• October 6, 2008 • Comments (2)
Stumbling at Seminary: Laziness

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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Supply Preaching during Seminary

• October 1, 2008 • Comments (5)
Supply Preaching during Seminary

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

• September 22, 2008 • Comments (2)

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Recycling Sermons at Seminary

“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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Introducing Ed

• September 15, 2008 • Comments (0)

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Introducing Ed

You’ve probably seen Ed Eubanks’ comments around Seminary Survival Guide.  I’ve always found them to be mature and thoughtful.  Well, after some correspondence, Ed and I met face to face last week for the first time over great food at Growler’s off Lindbergh in St. Louis.  I’m happy to announce that in addition to his […]

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How many times did you preach in seminary?

• September 15, 2008 • Comments (2)
How many times did you preach in seminary?

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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Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

• September 8, 2008 • Comments (8)

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Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

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 of others as your […]

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The Seminary Book Review

• September 3, 2008 • Comments (5)

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The Seminary Book Review

One of your most common assignments at any seminary is going to be the sometimes joyful, often tedious, yet always necessary book review. While every seminary will have different requirements for their book reviews, nearly all fall into a fairly similar mold. How can you attack this task in such a way as to do […]

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Tim Keller on Time Priorities

• September 1, 2008 • Comments (3)

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Tim Keller on Time Priorities

This is definitely worth two minutes of your time. (RSS readers: embedded video) If you manage your time and priorities right, people will be mad at you. Get used to it. HT: Chris Gensheer

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