Category: Dear Seminarian

Copying Other Churches

Copying Other Churches One of the greatest temptations a pastor faces is the temptation to copy another church. From the mouth of the pastor, this temptation comes out with these words, “At my last church, we used to do …” Don’t be the guy who always talks about how you did things at another church. When you are that guy, you sound just like your church members who roll their eyes and say, “We’ve never done it like that before.” Every pastor hates to hear those words, so don’t subject your people to the same foolishness. Another challenge for...

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Dear Seminary Dad- Shepherd, Your Family

Dear Seminary Dad, If you’re reading this letter, it’s because you’ve taken steps in obedience to God’s call on your life to shepherd His people. You are aware of the many things you don’t know and are humbly seeking knowledge to step into your calling. If you are a husband and father, you take this step with the support and the responsibility of your family. As you are being equipped to shepherd a flock one day, remember the first flock God has given you to shepherd, your family. I’ve been a seminary wife for three years. Two and a...

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Portrait of a Minister Approved by Christ

1 Timothy 4:6-16, “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we...

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Dear Seminarian Join a Local Church

Dear Seminarian, I am writing to you to congratulate you and encourage you on your next great adventure in life. Seminary is a blessing from God to take part in. It is something only a select few ever get to endure and appreciate. In seminary, you will hone your skills in hermeneutics, apologetics, and preaching. You will develop lifelong relationships that can span hundreds of miles and countless ministry opportunities. Seminary will undoubtedly be one of the most challenging adventures you will ever embark on though due to the rigorous study and sacrifice that goes into it. Seminary will...

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The Distraction of Seminary

Seminary in many ways can distract the Christian from his daily need to meet with God. It is easy to get sucked into studying about God, getting our theology right, and neglecting our time with God. Many authors and bloggers have written about such a subject. But what I haven’t seen written on is what I will work through in this post to spur you to prepare yourself from the distraction that seminary can be. My wife and I moved to Kansas City so I could continue pursuing my Masters of Divinity on campus. While I considered living off...

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