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A Pastor’s Reflections: Swagger

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At seminary I always look forward to May because it means graduation! I’m excited for the students who have worked hard for a number of years and finally reach the end of their goal—they are the proud owners of a shiny new masters degree! For most, it’s an exciting time—they…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Straight from the Source

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I can remember in seminary dueling with a number of different critics regarding Reformed theology. God’s sovereignty was a regular topic of debate. For the record, I did not attend a Reformed seminary, hence truths taken for granted at Reformed institutions were not widely accepted at my school. The subjects…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Hunted or the Hunter?

VFT
Each year it usually happens around the middle to the latter half of the semester—I see students start to drag their feet, they start looking stressed out, they have large circles under their eyes, and have a look of dread. In their minds they have entered the end-of-the semester crunch—they’re…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: College vs. Seminary

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A regular question we get here at the seminary is, How is college different than seminary? In many respects they are quite different. There are certain similarities—you go to class, do reading assignments, write papers, and take tests. But I believe that the similarities end with these broad generalities. The…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: What Should I Study in College to Get Ready for Seminary?

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It always thrills my heart to see young boys and girls express an interest in going to seminary. We once had a boy who was about eight years old show up on campus and tell us he wanted to go to seminary—he wanted to learn about the Bible because he…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: How to Succeed in Class

VFT
As a professor, one of the questions that students regularly ask me, “How can I succeed in class?” My answer is usually the same. Here is my counsel: Do your reading before you get to class. If it’s main reading, outline it, note key terms, and identify the main point,…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Preparing for Greek and Hebrew

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One of the reasons going to seminary appears to be a daunting task is because the thought of learning Greek and Hebrew strikes fear in the hearts ordinary people. They look at the Greek New Testament and recognize a few letters because they’ve heard about fraternities and sororities . .…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: A Church Library or Bookclub

VFT
Everyone in the church should study the word of God. They should attend to the means of grace, sit under the preaching of the word, attend Sunday School, and benefit from the church’s teaching. There are many in the church, however, who want to go beyond the preaching and instruction…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: What Should I Read to Prepare for Seminary?

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Among the many questions I’ve heard over the years, a slew of them deal with preparing to go to seminary. One of the most common is, “What should I read to prepare for seminary studies?” There are certainly a lot of theological works that a person can read to get…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: I Don’t Know

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Ideally as the pastor you should be one of the better-educated people in your church. You have likely gone to college and then studied for three or four years to earn your MDiv. During that time you’ve probably read thousands upon thousands of pages of theological literature. For your sermon…
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