Link Love and Your Stories

In General, Stories by adminmark

Just a brief note to seminarians in the blogosphere. There are many of you out there! I’ve been surfing around as time permits, and I’ve been very impressed with the level of thinking and writing I’ve seen. Anyway, I’d be happy to link to your blog from Seminary Survival Guide.com. Just leave a comment, and I’ll add you to the …

Time to Get Back in the Saddle: Plan Your Study

In Academics, Time Management by adminmark

Is the break over already? I expect most of you are getting back into the groove of studies, whether tackling a J-term or starting the Winter semester. Time to get back in the saddle. So in honor of that, I’ll be posting some thoughts on planning your study. Here’s an introduction: Plan your study If the goal of your time …

Make Sure You’re Supposed to Be Here, part four

In Calling by adminmark

To complete this series on calling, I offer a personal exercise to help you examine your calling. I’d enjoy hearing from any of you who find this beneficial. I recommend printing the pdf of this, and working it out on paper. Calling to Ministry Assessment Part One: Self-Assessment 1. Write out your sense of calling to ministry. Include as much …

Sounding My Call to Chicago

In Calling, Stories by adminmark

In part three, I recommend having your calling verified by a group of mature believers who know God well and you well. Here’s my story. I greatly benefited from the counsel of a group like this when I was trying to find a church right out of seminary. I had interviewed with a church in Chicago that I really liked, …

Happy New Year!

In General by adminmark

We serve a God of fresh starts and new beginnings. I’m praying that 2008 will find you growing in the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ! I’m pressing on the upward way New heights I’m gaining every day Still praying as I onward bound, “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground!” Lord, lift me up and let me …

Make Sure You’re Supposed to Be Here, part three

In Calling by adminmark

In part two, we looked at the first characteristic of those with a genuine divine calling: their inner confidence in their call. Today we look at the second: 2. Other believers who observe their lives will see the calling on their lives and affirm it. I once knew a pastor who thought he was called to pastor because he had …