Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

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(From the archives. ) 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 own.  …

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

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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 think he knows what it …

A Little Seminary Is A Dangerous Thing

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Beginning seminary students are often flush with excitement of the prospect of learning the deep things of God. With a legitimate hunger for God’s word, we tackle our language and theology study with great rigor, and begin having conversations with our fellow students, challenging each other’s understanding of the scriptures. A little knowledge, however, is a dangerous thing. “Knowledge puffs …