Time-management in seminary

By on May 2, 2016

Seminary is a whole new animal. Most of the people I know in seminary fall into one of two categories. Either they’re single, moved states for school, and literally everything they’re doing is brand new: church, work, friends, school, hobbies, habits, restaurants, auto shop. Or, they’re married with kids and doing school full-time, ministry full-time, Read More...


How to make friends in seminary

By on April 24, 2016

If you’re like me, you left good friendships to move away for seminary. Or maybe you’re about to and this blog post could offer you some more concrete hope for making friends once you do move. I’d like to offer you five very practical steps to making friends. In my experience, all five have been Read More...


How to Read in Seminary

By on April 18, 2016

This semester, I’m reading about 5,000 pages. If you’re in seminary, or considering it, so will you! From what I’ve learned so far–both in my intensive reading program and undergrad and in my seminary classes–here are four essential hacks for maximizing your learning in the most efficient time possible. 1. Distinguish between reading books and Read More...


Finding Community at Seminary

By on April 7, 2016

There are a variety of ways to find community on a seminary campus. I certainly don’t mean to offer this writing as the only way. Every day I’ve found people gathered in the community room watching football, or a great show. I watch other seminary students looking for people to go running or biking with. Read More...


God at Work in Your Classes

By on April 4, 2016

There is that old time “joke” of calling seminary, “cemeteries.” What is the cause of this notorious designation you ask? I can personally testify to experiencing some of this so called “deadening” as the Bible becomes a piece of literature to analyze, God becomes the object of our theological studies, and even spiritual formation becomes Read More...


Compline: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

By on March 31, 2016

Confession: I’m a night owl. I can’t do mornings. And yet, there is a long tradition in the Church of beginning your day with devotional meditation with God. I’m working on it. But in the meantime, one of the great ironies is that few things can put a bigger dent in one’s devotional life than Read More...


Sometimes, Seminary Can Be Fun!

By on March 24, 2016

In one of the first episodes of the U.S. version of The Office (about a paper company), one of the employees is asked why, though he hates his job, he doesn’t quit. He says something like, “Because what would I do with all these useless facts about paper?”   I feel like, as seminarians, we can sometimes feel the Read More...