When You’re Invited to Preach

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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 it usually end? What style …

Stumbling at Seminary: Laziness

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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 do distracting or escapist activities …

Supply Preaching during Seminary

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by Ed Eubanks 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 invitation back– …

Recycling Sermons at Seminary

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“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. I don’t happen to be …

How many times did you preach in seminary?

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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 start at only two or …

Stumbling at Seminary: Cheating

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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.  You can rip off …