Seminary Students Need Counseling

By on February 5, 2016

There are around 100 new students this year at my seminary who are seeking a Master’s Degree in Divinity. Many of them have concentrations in theology, leadership, apologetics, chaplaincy. So many in fact, that I am the only new M-Div student this year that is pursuing a concentration in pastoral counseling. I’m writing this to Read More...


Mentorship during Seminary? Is it overrated?

By on February 1, 2016

Perhaps you have heard repeatedly about the importance of having a mentor during seminary. Perhaps you are at a seminary that requires it. Or perhaps you believe that mentorship is overrated and really isn’t beneficial. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, what’s important to acknowledge is that ministry is never done alone. Neither Read More...


The Books You Read in Seminary

By on January 25, 2016

My mom, an avid reader who often is in the middle of four books at the same time, once passed on some counsel to me: Don’t read good books, only great ones. The advice is both challenging and inherently futile; for how can you know if a book is great—or only good—without reading it? Adding Read More...


Evernote: A Seminarian’s Best Friend

By on January 15, 2016

I’m terrible at organizing. Well, that’s not quite right. I can come up with brilliant systems of organization, but just never implement them. This has followed me throughout my life. It was easier when school consisted of clearly laid-out assignments. Going to college, however, it became difficult. Now I was responsible for keeping track of Read More...


Knowing God is Never Enough

By on January 8, 2016

I do these weekly Study Guides for our church home group leaders. I read a bunch of commentaries on the sermon text, and condense the scholarly thoughts into a 2 page verse-by-verse commentary our leaders can use to help answer people questions if need be. Recently, the sermon text was on Jacob wrestling with God. Read More...


God Will Elude You in Your Study

By on January 4, 2016

I recently found myself looking, back through A.W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy  and was reminded just how good of a book it is for seminarians to read every now and then. In a sermon preached by Tozer on God’s Holiness, he tells the story of Leonardo Da Vinci painting the “Last Supper”. When he was Read More...