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 …

Merry Christmas

In General by adminmark

Merry Christmas, everyone. My prayers are with you all for a restful holiday with your families. I also pray that you’ll take long moments of reflection and wonder at the mysterious and miraculous incarnation of Christ our Savior, true light of true light, very God of very God. Let all mortal flesh keep silence And with fear and trembling stand …

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

In Calling by adminmark

So how do you know if you’re called by God? Good question. People who are genuinely called by God to ministry have two things that are true of them. Today we’ll address the first. 1. They are certain of their own calling. There is a bit of mystery to how this works. God speaks and moves in mysterious ways. But …

Make Sure You’re Supposed To Be Here, part one

In Calling by adminmark

This post begins a four-part series on calling to ministry. Not everyone is supposed to be in ministry. Not everyone is supposed to be in seminary. This may seem a little insulting as a starting point, but hang with me for a bit. Your true fitness for a life of ministry will be tested. It’s inevitable. Seminary is the first …

And we’re off!!

In General by adminmark

I’m happy to announce the public roll-out today of SeminarySurvivalGuide.com. Welcome to all of you who are being referred here by friends or other blogs. We’ve been live for a week or so now. I waited on the launch to get my web stuff configured right, and also to put enough posts up for you to get a sense of …

Knowledge Is Not Life

In Spiritual life by Mark

One of the dangers of seminary to your spiritual life is that so much emphasis and time is spent on the expansion of your knowledge base. Hidden within the academic environment is the deadly assumption that knowledge is what qualifies you for ministry. It’s not. What qualifies you for ministry is the life of God in you by virtue of …