Category: Dear Seminarian

Seminary is Not for Slackers

1 Timothy 3:4-5, “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” If I neglect the menial tasks of caring for my household, how will I be able to care for a congregation? The daily responsibility of taking care of the home is supposed to be shared amongst the family. Too often men who want to serve the church in some capacity will think that hard work in the church or the seminary classroom deserves more...

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Cramming Seminary Well

Certainly only through the Lord’s strength and grace to me, during one whole school year on-campus at Southern Seminary, I took a whopping 61 credit hours of class! How is this possible? Still, now, I have no idea how all that happened. God’s mercy pulled me through. During my first six months at Southern Seminary, I crammed seminary very poorly, which I go into detail more in an article on Desiring God. The first six months at Southern were one of the hardest periods in my life, which seemed like it would never end. But the second half of...

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Three Ways to Use Your Writing in Seminary for the Local Church

Last time I had the opportunity to write in this series, “Dear Seminarian”, I wrote about how important it is for the seminarian to serve the local church and love the local church. One of the ways I believe a seminarian can do this is by writing. A lot. The beauty is that you are already writing a lot. As you write, think of how what you’re writing can serve the Lord and His church body. The local church can benefit from your studies and your conclusions. Why not turn that exegetical paper on Hebrews 6 into a 4-week Sunday School series? This...

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The Future is Now

It was not the most promising day. Fifty-nine degrees, light rain, and gusty winds were not exactly ideal for my daily bike ride. Yet, I dutifully hopped on my road bike and made my way through the scenic roads of Whatcom County. I found myself praying that day for a trusted mentor who had faithfully served in ministry for nearly forty years, eleven of which we served together in the same foxhole. He recently planted the church of his dreams and was shepherding people, proclaiming the truth of God’s Word, and enjoying a harvest, all prompted and produced by...

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Love the Church, Serve the Church

I was excited when Dave Jenkins, the Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries informed the contributor team that he wanted to shift the focus of Servants of Grace toward the seminarian for a season in order to produce articles that were full of God-centered advice for those training and aspiring to be in full-time ministry. I immediately knew what I wanted to write about and was excited to have the opportunity to do so. Over the course of my ministry and life, I have constantly been attached to the seminary. I’m grateful to God for providing that opportunity...

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