Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Dear Seminarian: A Little Advice

Dear Seminarian, It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting in my first seminary class. I was excited as that first professor walked into the room, wrote his name on the board, and proceeded to hand out the class syllabus. My excitement quickly migrated to being overwhelmed when the paper hit my hand. As I look back now, more than a decade later, I would give that young man five nuggets of advice: Be Patient: I was eager to learn all that seminary had to offer, but I was also naive. I wasn’t going to become a Greek...

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How Jesus Answers the Cries of Our Heart

Have you ever turned to the Psalms during a time of emotional turmoil? Most believers have found comfort in the words of the Psalmist because his descriptive prose seems to give voice to what they are feeling. Many of us have favorite Psalms—perhaps even some we’ve memorized—which gives us hope in the midst of sorrow, fear, loneliness, or grief. If we were to study the Psalms in detail, we would notice certain patterns. In the darkest Psalms, the Psalms of Lament, we find a common structure. I discuss those patterns in detail in my book, A Heart Set Free....

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

One of the ways seminarian can love the local church and serve her is by writing, a lot. The beauty is that as a seminary student 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 can guard you against becoming an ivory tower theologian and cause you to apply the things you are learning in seminary at the local church level....

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Strategies for Fighting Anxiety and Depression

Many Christians today greatly struggle with anxiety. As one of these Christians, I know very well this battle. Whether it’s through focusing too much on my circumstances or overthinking a situation or beating myself up—these are symptoms of a larger problem. When we struggle with anxiety, we are saying that the Lord is not sufficient, nor sovereign over our lives. Some people struggle with anxiety and depression because they have chemical balances in their brains. Such people may need to be on antidepressants or receive biblical counseling. Often when we discuss anxiety, we immediately run to the causes of...

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To Be A Christian

Introduction One of the lessons we learn as children is to wait. But waiting is a mystery to a six-year-old boy. My Aunt Eva could really cook up a good lemon meringue pie. Oh, my. That cold and luscious yellow custard, so tart, so sweet, settled beneath a mound of glazed sugar, whipped up into a cloud of goodness, just settling over that delicious golden filling, a nestled onto a flakey crust, the kind that soaks up the scrumptiousness of the lemon custard in the pie. I can almost taste it now. Well, one-day Aunt Eva had some ladies...

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