Writing for Self-Growth

By on February 19, 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about integrity. While many definitions exist, for me it means simply that your private self is somehow integrated with your public self. Sure, there are things you keep private, but it’s not an entirely other self that comes out in public. And yet, we all struggle with some semblance of Read More...


Seminary Formation, both Doctrinal & Personal

By on February 15, 2016

When it comes to the “theological education” aspect of seminaries, there are several different philosophies. One school of thought says that you go to a school that shares your convictions (or is close enough) and you learn that particular denomination or tradition’s doctrine all the more deeply. You familiarize yourself with their particular theologians, polity, Read More...


Lectio Divina for the Doctrinal, Mystical Seminarian

By on February 12, 2016

As part of my two-year Internship process for my seminary, each semester there is a particular Christian Spirituality practice we are to do regularly. We have done the Ignatian Examen and the Daily Office. This semester, we are doing an ancient process of sacred reading called Lectio Divina. Here’s a really great video summarizing it: I 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...