How to develop a personal learning plan for the new year

By on February 9, 2010

Jack was frustrated as he stared at his laptop screen. He was on an annual personal retreat planning his twelfth year as senior pastor at Christ Community Church. The screen showed all his learning activities from the year before — the conferences, seminars, and classes he had attended; the books he had read; the sermons Read More...


What to ask a seminary rep before you apply

By on January 19, 2010

Today’s guest post is by Dr. Sam Simmons. Dr. Simmons is co-founder and vice president for learning design at Rockbridge Seminary. ┬ęCopyright 2010. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Bob rubbed his tired eyes. For three hours he had been staring at seminary Web sites trying to decide where to apply. He was particularly interested Read More...


The Dog Ate My Paper! (hard drive nightmares)

By on December 1, 2009

We’ve heard hundreds of horror stories of students losing their paper. Whether it is computer theft or a hard drive crashing, we are all vulnerable to loss of intellectual property. Days, even months of work can disappear in an instant. Each term we exhort students to back up their data frequently, but faculty members are Read More...


Seminaries & the Nature of Truth

By on September 27, 2009

photo credit: loreshdw I recently wrote an article about letting seminary change you doctrinally. In it, I laid out some broad ideas of Truth, doctrine, and how the seminarian needs to treat these things in order to get the most out of their seminary education. In the present article, I want to get a bit Read More...


Letting Seminary Doctrinally Change You

By on September 16, 2009

“I knew perfectly well at that time, as I had for years and years, that the Lord absolutely transcends any understanding I have of Him, which makes loyalty to Him a different thing from loyalty to whatever customs and doctrines and memories I happen to associate with Him.” — Minister John Ames in Marilynne Robinson’s Read More...


An Ethic of Reading

By on September 8, 2009

Sitting in my first Covenant Theology class of seminary, Dr. Williams, in addition to speaking about the course, provided one of the most important “nuggets” of wisdom that I will ever receive during my theological training. He briefly, yet powerfully, spoke about an “ethic of reading.” He explained that many of us in Reformed circles, Read More...


Good Doctrine Goes Only So Far

By on September 7, 2009

I recently heard a couple discussing reasons as to why they left a certain church. They kept telling me that they loved the doctrine, they loved what they heard from the pulpit, and they loved what they learned. What drove them away from this church was the attitude of some in the congregation. As they Read More...


…Career Third

By on August 28, 2009

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men Colossians 3:23 This is the third post in a three part series. Read God first, family second if you have not read them yet. Now, we have come to the last third of the mantra my mom used to say to me Read More...