Moving to campus and immersing yourself in a holistic experience shows you are serious about your training and that you have set apart this season for something special.
When the door opens for MDiv study, go through it.
God is producing lifelong fruit and an eternal joy within me during these formative years in the classroom and in the church.
FTC.co asks Dr. Todd Chipman, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at MBTS and pastor at the Master's Community Church in Kansas City, "What advice would you give someone deciding between academic theology and pastoral ministry?"
Just as the Sherpa comes alongside his clients and helps organize, direct, assemble, and lead, the theological educator does the same for students.
Ministry is increasingly complex. We live in a zany world. The culture is imploding, ethical quandaries abound, our church members need, and will need, more from their ministers, not less.
We are called to minister grace and truth. We need to shepherd pilgrims on their way to the New Jerusalem. How can we do this well in the next 10 years?
To read the Old Testament is to encounter many new areas of knowledge that might appear tangential or skippable.
Though freed from the penalty of sin by the blood of Christ, my struggle with and the remaining presence of even “canceled sin” was bigger and deeper than I knew.
My sinful heart might crave omniscience, but a good and loving God will never give it to me.
If left to make the decision again, you should know I’d be turning in my application and renting a moving truck before you finish reading this sentence.
Because God is good and he does not change, there is a reason to be thankful, to God, for God, always.
A few suggestions to help those thinking about a call to vocational gospel ministry, and especially those doing so during the uncertain days of a worldwide pandemic.
FTC.co asks Nathan Finn, Dean of The School of Theology and Missions at Union University, "Why should Christians consider theological education?"
Is complementarity–male leadership in the home and church, especially–a matter of gifting, or a matter of essence?
Though our flesh wars against it, the humility to recognize our need for God’s forgiveness and redemption is a gift.
Here's one lesson taught through education: it is okay to be dim in the sunlight. We need our heroes, but any of us can please God and be used significantly by him even with average abilities.
For, as we live and serve at the end of the world, the six seminaries count it a joy to do whatever it takes to serve cooperating churches as they carry out their biblically designed task of seeing God's great name proclaimed to the ends of the earth.
If you want to consider theological education, you must first consider if you are in Christ at all.
The world desperately needs faithful leaders that steadily live the gospel out before a watching world.
All the “humble brags” on social media have a green shade if you look closely enough.
Every semester I tell my students, “For the love of God, do not bring your Greek or Hebrew Bible to corporate worship on Sunday.”
The truth of God is a gateway to paradise.
Separating vocational ministry from academic ministry is something I would encourage you to avoid.
Students may not have changed much over the centuries, but the task of educating the next generation remains great.
Often, the greatest threat to theological understanding is a lack of humility.
I do not deserve to be in this place, doing this thing every day. No one does.
This is part of God’s curriculum for pastors: in leading a church post-seminary, men of God will need to personally know of God’s faithfulness if they are going to lead the flock to walk by faith.
Let your academic study and writing become a spiritual discipline through which you are able to behold the wonders of our God.
Academic prowess and a devotional posture ought not be detached from one another. In chapel services, thinking and feeling meld together.
Here are five areas to take a long, hard look at before making a committment to pursue seminary training for the next three to four years of your life.
Some seminarians think they can just convince others of truth, and they’ll obviously get on board with God.