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A Pastor’s Reflections: Mark Them Up!

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I was once sitting in the pastor’s office doing my sermon preparation and one of the members of the church passed by the door and noticed me highlighting my commentary and writing notes in the margins. He stopped and said, “You know, you shouldn’t write in your books. Instead, you…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Intellectual Warrior?

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One book that I would highly recommend for any serious student, even the not so serious student, is A. G. Sertillanges’s, The Intellectual Life. While there are some things in the book that one can set aside, Sertillanges approaches the subject of the intellectual life from the vantage point of…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Book Gripes

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As you can imagine, most pastors are book hounds—they have a nose for looking at, shopping for, and buying books. I can say that when I attend a theological conference, I find the book table as interesting or even sometimes more interesting that the various lectures. Like most pastors, I…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: How To Prepare for a PhD

Last month I wrote a post about one of the most frequent questions I get, “Where should I get my PhD?” I didn’t answer that question directly but rather addressed the more fundamental issue of whether someone should get a PhD. In that first post I said I would address…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Wasting Your Gifts

VFT
I can remember sitting in the high school guidance counselor’s office when he told me that I should consider a vocational path rather than attending college. My grades weren’t spectacular—they weren’t atrocious either—but they were nevertheless lackluster. At the time I didn’t have a specific idea as to what career…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: PhD Studies?

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “Where should I go to do PhD studies?” This is a question that has two important parts even though it appears only to have one part. The obvious part is, Where should I study? The implied not-so-obvious part is, Should…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Buy A Dictionary

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One of the most challenging things I encountered when I first attended seminary was the number of new terms and words I encountered. I think terminology, whether the technical terms of theology, or the fancy fifty-cent words scholars like to use, can be intimidating. Do I really need to know…
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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?

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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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