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Practical Theology: Stewardship & Finances (pt.2)

By on June 23, 2016

In our previous post, I offered one helpful theological principle that I have found helpful to keep in mind as a seminarian preparing for ministry in which finances is involved. I encouraged us to view God’s creation as one brimming with creational, financial, and resourceful abundance rather than scarcity. Today I offer another idea that has helped Read More...


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Practical Theology: Stewardship & Finances (pt.1)

By on June 20, 2016

Having spent time around a lot of seminarians, I can tell you that the nitty-gritty, practical realities of pastoral life don’t get talked about enough. That’s a problem. But the bigger problem, in my view, is that whenever these things are talked about, it’s in a way you can’t really reproduce. I’ve watched too many pastors try Read More...

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Saving the Bible from Seminary

By on June 17, 2016

My one year at the first seminary I attended was perhaps the most formative time of theological change in my life. The seminary itself was in the midst of a redefinition and realigning of its commitments and leanings, and so points and counterpoints accompanied by passions were thick in the air. My views on Scripture—and Read More...


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Some Thoughts on Rhythm and Life

By on June 13, 2016

Do you have any rituals? My roommate gets up most every morning at around the same time, goes for a run, makes a French press of coffee and sits out our kitchen table and reads his giant red-leather Study Bible and journals for a long time after. I love that. It’s weird whenever I come Read More...


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Study Tips for Seminary

By on June 9, 2016

The seminary study tips that are important for doing well in seminary. They are taking advantage of the writing center, staying on top of reading assignments, and knowing the library well. It is important that to succeed in seminary that you stay on top of the many reading assignments. Also, if the seminary that you Read More...



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Interim Terms: To Do or Not To Do?

By on May 30, 2016

Though most of you are familiar with Summer term classes, many of you may not be aware that most seminaries offer what is called an “Interim Term” between the Fall and Spring semester and/or one between the Spring and Summer semester. These classes can last anywhere between a couple of days to a month and Read More...


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You can’t do it all

By on May 27, 2016

When juggling ministry and full-time education, there are times when one will need to make decisions that lead to compromising one for the sake of the other. At times, it is easy to feel as if there are never enough hours in a day to finish all of the reading assignments, papers, and exams. Especially Read More...


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Discouragement

By on May 16, 2016

Avoiding discouragement is part of the battle. When the world looks at only using the scientific method and tangible evidence as the sole means of valid decision making, it becomes difficult to convince even believers that what God has designed you to be and do while on this earth is legit. Hebrews 11-13 shows the Read More...


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Finding a Church During Seminary

By on May 12, 2016

If you’re like me, you had to make the difficult decision of uprooting and leaving a wonderful church to attend seminary. Others of you have chosen to stay local, have been commissioned by your denomination, or aren’t terribly particular about choosing a new church. I’ve visited about twenty websites and six services in the past Read More...