Category: Dear Seminarian

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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Ten Helpful Pieces of Advice to Seminary Students

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help students whether they are preparing for, attending, or have graduated from seminary to grow in the God’s grace. To read the rest of the articles in this series click here. ***************** Dear Seminary Student, The year leading up to our move to Louisville to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary my wife and I committed to a very frugal lifestyle of beans and rice in order to save as much money as possible for the northward transition from our home west of Atlanta. Upon arriving on the seminary campus,...

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