Learn which rules matter

By on September 5, 2016

When I first arrived at seminary, they sat us all down and gave us lecture after lecture about all the rules and guidelines for graduating with our degrees. They told us the required courses, the available concentrations, and gave us tips on scheduling. What you don’t often hear, though, are just how few of the Read More...


Reading novels in seminary

By on September 1, 2016

You have so many books to read, who can afford to read any more? That’s an excellent question, and a justification I used for burying my head in theology text after theology text. But I’ve starting asking a different question: “I have so many theology texts to read, can I afford to focus so single-mindedly Read More...


Budgeting in Seminary

By on July 25, 2016

An important concept to know while in seminary is to live on a seminary budget. This involves personal examination, time, dedication, and fortitude. When you live on a seminary budget, it is important you make sure you are spending money on the things you actually need on a daily basis. A seminary budget is important Read More...


The Daily Office: A Seminarian’s Best Friend

By on June 30, 2016

The Daily Office: Seminarian’s Best Friend For my seminary Internship, each semester we have a different spiritual practice to engage in for the semester. The goal is to expose different people to different ways of engaging God in a deep way so that as they step out in ministry, they have these “tools” in their Read More...


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...


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...