Dear Seminarian

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...

Know Your Bible!

A number of years ago, as I was preparing to take the written and oral exams for ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), I realized how little I knew about the English Bible (as opposed to the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures). Sure, I knew the stories,...

Ten Helpful Pieces of Advice to Seminary Students

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...
Wanting to Leave and Saying Goodbye

Wanting to Leave and Saying Goodbye

More and more I hear voices in the evangelical world suggesting that wanting to leave your church is wrong. These voices suggest that the “right” thing for every pastor is picking a church and staying put until you retire. I know friends who are doing this. I’ve read...

Discipline Yourself for Godliness

Discipline Yourself for Godliness

Few issues are as important or as controversial as the role of discipline in the Christian life. When we hear the words discipline, we might first think of the soldier out preparing for battle. We might also think of the athlete training hard in the weight room or...

Joining Your Community

Joining Your Community

Joining Your Community A few months ago I went to eat lunch with a new pastor in town. We started with get-to-know-you small talk. Then we discussed the challenges associated with moving and settling into a new place. At some point in our conversation, my new pastor...

When Satan Tempts Me to Despair: Struggles and Seminary

When Satan Tempts Me to Despair: Struggles and Seminary

It was the second week of my Old Testament Theology class. I missed my Dad's phone call a few times, and I knew something was up, so I called him back during a break. His words were, "Evan, your mom is divorcing me."  After the call, I went back to class trying to...

Warnings and Encouragement for Women Attending Seminary

Warnings and Encouragement for Women Attending Seminary

Dear Woman in Seminary, You are not alone. There are days in which the journey is long and wearisome, but you are seen. Your church needs you, and I am so glad that you responded to the call of seminary with a heart that says, “Here am I, send me.” In the midst of the...

Working Hard

Working Hard

Working Hard Pastors must prioritize family over the ministry. Period. End of story. If you’ve been around church for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the same stories repeated countless times. Some pastors fail to take care of their family because they’re...

Copying Other Churches

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...

Dear Seminary Dad- Shepherd, Your Family

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...

Portrait of a Minister Approved by Christ

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...

Dear Seminarian Join a Local Church

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...

The Distraction of Seminary

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...

Ministry Resumes and Search Committees

Ministry Resumes and Search Committees

Ministry resumes are tricky. How do you put it together? What do you include? What do you leave out? How much detail is too much? Do you include a cover letter? If so, what should it say? Do you need recommendations? Can you send resumes to strangers? These are...

What Does It Mean To Be Called?

What Does It Mean To Be Called?

Dear Seminarian, We have all heard the saying "If I only knew then what I know now." That saying is trustworthy and true and applies to all aspects of life. There are many things in life that we cannot know without the wisdom of hindsight. This also applies to the...

God’s Handiwork in Providing Ordinary Jobs While in Seminary

God’s Handiwork in Providing Ordinary Jobs While in Seminary

As I am looking for a job here in Kansas City, I can’t help but reflect back on a job that God put in my life to sustain my wife and me until moving to the seminary. About a month ago I worked at a factory where I operated a machine that packages panty hose. I didn’t...

How the Church Works

How the Church Works

As you head off to a new location to attend school, or as you settle into a rigorous schedule of classes in your hometown, it is helpful to remember the importance of the local church. All the Bible classes in the world cannot take the place of what the Church is...

Seminary is Not for Slackers

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...

Cramming Seminary Well

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....

Love the Church, Serve the Church

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...

11 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for the Bible

11 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for the Bible

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. ***************** I graduated from seminary...

Three Traps to Avoid in Seminary

Three Traps to Avoid in Seminary

When God called me into the ministry, I knew that the first step would be a strong biblical education. I went to Ouachita Baptist University where I majored in Biblical Studies, then after graduation, I continued my education at New Orleans Baptist Theological...

Embrace Suffering

Embrace Suffering

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. ***************** 2 Timothy 2:3, “Share in...

Pursue Purity

Pursue Purity

God opened my eyes to the glories of the gospel and I started devouring theology books. It seemed like if you were a guy who loved theology and reading a lot the next step would be seminary. So I started taking classes at a local seminary. I loved taking the classes,...

Cultivate Humility

Cultivate Humility

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. ***************** There is a saying that...

Advice to Married Seminary Students

Advice to Married 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. ***************** When I arrived at...

Love God’s People and His Church

Love God’s People and His Church

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. ***************** Throughout the “Dear...

Six Ways to Contribute to Your Theological Education

Six Ways to Contribute to Your Theological Education

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. ***************** I've spent my fair share...

Five Lessons from a Father to His Son as He Enters Seminary

Five Lessons from a Father to His Son as He Enters Seminary

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 (son) Seminarian,...

Three Helpful Tips for Seminary Students

Three Helpful Tips for 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. ***************** I began my formal...

Four Temptations of a Bible College Student

Four Temptations of a Bible College Student

In May of 2016, I will be graduating with a M.A in Biblical and Theological Studies. Ask me about Greek paradigms or eschatological views, and I can fill your head with information. I mean, it’s been my “job” for the last four years to learn the ins and outs of...

Dear Seminarian: After Seminary is Over

Dear Seminarian: After Seminary is Over

Editor’s Note: This is a brand new series we are doing to help those who are interested in going to, already in or who have graduated Bible College or seminary. The purpose of this series is to help you grow in the grace of God while you are preparing for, while you...

Dear Seminarian: Entering Seminary Student Admonishments: Part Four

Dear Seminarian: Entering Seminary Student Admonishments: Part Four

Editor’s Note: This is a brand new series we are doing to help those who are interested in going to, already in or who have graduated Bible College or seminary. The purpose of this series is to help you grow in the grace of God while you are preparing for, while you...

Dear Seminarian: Four Lessons For Seminary Students Part Three

Dear Seminarian: Four Lessons For Seminary Students Part Three

Editor’s Note: This is a brand new series we are doing to help those who are interested in going to, already in or who have graduated Bible College or seminary. The purpose of this series is to help you grow in the grace of God while you are preparing for, while you...

Dear Seminarian: Four Lessons For Seminary Students Part 2

Dear Seminarian: Four Lessons For Seminary Students Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is a brand new series we are doing to help those who are interested in going to, already in or who have graduated Bible College or seminary. The purpose of this series is to help you grow in the grace of God while you are preparing for, while you...

Dear Seminarian: Four Lessons For Seminary Students Part 1

Dear Seminarian: Four Lessons For Seminary Students Part 1

Editor’s Note: This is a brand new series we are doing to help those who are interested in going to, already in or who have graduated Bible College or seminary. The purpose of this series is to help you grow in the grace of God while you are preparing for, while you...

Dear Seminarian: So You Want to Go to Seminary?

Dear Seminarian: So You Want to Go to Seminary?

Editor’s Note: This is a brand new series we are doing to help those who are interested in going to, already in or who have graduated Bible College or seminary. The purpose of this series is to help you grow in the grace of God while you are preparing for, while you...

Dear Seminarian: The Call To Ministry

Dear Seminarian: The Call To Ministry

Editor’s Note: This is a brand new series we are doing to help those who are interested in going to, already in or who have graduated Bible College or seminary. The purpose of this series is to help you grow in the grace of God while you are preparing for, while you...