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Why Pastors Need a Seminary Education - Part 5

R. Scott Clark
The Old-Fashioned Way WSC is old-fashioned in other ways as well. Unlike many seminaries, we still require students to learn to read God's Word in the original languages. This was the vision of our founder, J. Gresham Machen, that Westminster would produce men who are experts in the Bible. For…
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12 / 1 / 2011

Why Pastors Need a Seminary Education - Part 4

R. Scott Clark
Follow the Money In the discussion over the question, "Why seminary?" a frequent objection is that seminary is too expensive. The assumption here seems to be that professional training for our ministers could be done less expensively by frugal pastors who know what they are doing. Well, the administrative overhead…
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11 / 24 / 2011

Why Pastors Need a Seminary Education - Part 3

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Seminary and the Church There is a movement afoot to change the way seminary students are educated. Dissatisfied with the results produced by some schools, some congregations have begun their own in-house seminaries on the ground that sending students away to seminary take them out of the local church. Yes,…
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11 / 17 / 2011

Why Pastors Need a Seminary Education - Part 2

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The Scholar-Pastor At WSC we are still old-fashioned enough to believe that a seminary education comes only one way: through hard work. Therefore, while many seminaries are now advertising (quite seductively it seems!) that one can earn a seminary degree without ever leaving home, at WSC we believe that self-sacrifice…
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11 / 10 / 2011

Why Pastors Need a Seminary Education - Part 1

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Is seminary worth it? R. Scott Clark answers this question with a resounding "yes." His reasoning will be posted in a series appearing on Thursdays.   Over the years many things have changed at Westminster Seminary California (WSC). In the most important ways, however, the seminary has not changed. We…
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11 / 3 / 2011

Calvin as Theologian of Consolation, Part 5

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IV. Consolation Preached In part one of this series we considered Calvin’s interpretation of several biblical passages on consolation. In part two we looked at how he harvested a theology of consolation from his exegetical work. In part three we examined what he wrote in his Institutes on consolation, and…
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Calvin as Theologian of Consolation, Part 4

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III. Consolation and Pastoral Ministry For Calvin, christian consolation is not only a theological reality but it is also the result of good pastoral practice. Christians often fail to appropriate the consolation they might because they don’t humble themselves to confess their sins to one another. Let us take the…
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Calvin as Theologian of Consolation, Part 3

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II. His Theology of Consolation (1559 Institutes) In the previous installment we looked at the way Calvin read Paul’s epistles and how he drew from them a doctrine of consolation, of God’s presence with his people in Christ, by the Spirit, in the gospel, in the sacraments, and in prayer.…
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Calvin as Theologian of Consolation, Part 2

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I. Calvin's Exegesis of Consolation (in Paul) In the first part we saw that Calvin was a pilgrim who himself needed the consolation of the gospel, given by the Spirit, through the ministry of Word, sacrament, and prayer. He was also a careful, thoughtful, and sophisticated reader of texts and…
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Calvin as Theologian of Consolation, Part 1

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Wikipedia, that ubiquitous source of unimpeachable scholarship, defines “consolation” as “something of value, when one fails to get something of higher value....” That is precisely the opposite of what John Calvin (1509–64) meant by “consolation.”For Calvin, the consolation that Christ gives to his people, by the gospel, through the Spirit,…
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