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A Pastor’s Reflections: Reading Partners

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One of my favorite books is Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen. This is one of the twentieth-century’s great theological classics. It’s brief, to the point, and really packs a powerful punch. For books its size, it punches way above its weight-class. I suspect that many other Christians have…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Out of the Echo Chamber

I can remember hearing a colleague once boast, “I never read anyone except Reformed authors. I don’t want to waste my time with what other less-informed theologians think.” I didn’t have the time to inquire more about the statement but was nonetheless concerned with such a narrow view of theological…
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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

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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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