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Sexual Sin is the Atomic Bomb

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Your personal sexual integrity is as important as anything else. A pastor friend of mine put it this way:  Sexual sin among ministers is the atomic bomb.  Nothing else can destroy so much, so fast. It will wreak havoc and destruction in the church on a scale that nothing else can. But among you there must not be even a …

Don’t Be Lazy

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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 …

My First Semester Shock, or Seminarians Without Chests

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I approached seminary with many of the common illusions seminary students have. I thought it would be a spiritually vibrant and intense time, full of people who were overflowing with passion for Christ. Boy was I surprised. My first semester, I enrolled in Hebrew class, like many beginning M.Div.-ers. I made friends with some other young single guys in the …

“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 …