Seminary Syllabus Strategy #3: A Writing Plan for Every Major Paper

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Seminary will give you plenty of practice writing papers. By the time I graduated with my M.Div, I could easily write ten pages about nothing. (Some would allege that my sermons are exactly that…but I digress.) Writing papers on the scale that seminary requires can be daunting if you haven’t done it before. Ten page and fifteen page papers are …

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #2: Start Reading Now

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Seminary involves a LOT of reading. At the beginning of the semester, you typically have more open time. Seize it! Use it to read ahead now, and then when the first wave of papers is due, you won’t be so rushed. There may be some classes you can read ahead in more easily. Look over your assigned reading, and decide …

Seminary Syllabus Strategy #1: Get It In Your Calendar

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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 take a few moments to …

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

In Spiritual life by adminmark

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 …

Deciding Where You Stand At Seminary

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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 to be an evangelists for …

Your Seminary Isn’t Responsible For Your Education

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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. If I do everything they …