Tag: seminary

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #1: Get It In Your Calendar

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #1: Get It In Your Calendar

• August 24, 2009 • Comments (2)

The first week of seminary is over, and looming ahead are due dates for reading, papers and tests. You know this because you should have a syllabus for each class, which contains all the assignments you’ll need to complete this semester and their due dates. This is awesome. It’s a time management bonanza. If you […]

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Category: Academics, Time Management

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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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Category: Spiritual life

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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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Category: Ministry

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Your Seminary Isn't Responsible For Your Education

Your Seminary Isn’t Responsible For Your Education

• October 27, 2008 • Comments (7)

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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Category: Time Management

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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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Category: Ministry

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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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Category: Spiritual life

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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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Category: Ministry

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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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Category: Ministry

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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? 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 start at only […]

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Category: Ministry

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Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

• September 8, 2008 • Comments (8)

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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Category: Academics

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