Am I a pastor or am I a scholar?

Jeff Robinson — November 20, 2015

John Calvin was certain God had called and gifted him to serve the burgeoning reform movement in France through biblical scholarship. He would retire to Strasbourg and lead the quiet life of a scholar. Having published the first edition of his Institutes, Calvin had unwittingly invented a new category of investigation: systematic theology. The ivory … Continued

Always be prepared to make a defense

J. Daniel McDonald — October 9, 2015

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord has holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” 1 Pet. 3:15 (ESV) I’ve had the privilege of teaching Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to … Continued

Putting the cookies on the lowest shelf

Hershael York — September 10, 2015

I recently met with about 80 contractors who will be working on a new building for the church I serve as pastor. I introduced myself and the 200-year history of our church, told them about our mission to glorify God by proclaiming Jesus Christ and serving others, and then I turned it over to our … Continued

30 tips for new seminary students

Brian Renshaw — August 27, 2015

I am beginning my second semester of doctoral studies. I thought it may be beneficial to write (from a current student’s perspective and one that recently finished his M.Div.) some of the things I wish I would have known before beginning seminary. It is by no means exhaustive and they are not in order of … Continued

The funeral I most dreaded

Hershael York — July 28, 2015

This morning I will preach my father-in-law’s funeral. For 32 years of our marriage, I dreaded this terrible task because he was not a believer. He wanted no part of Christ or his gospel. We prayed for him, witnessed to him, sent others to talk to him, and five years ago even took him to … Continued

Repentance as a path to joy

David Prince — April 24, 2015

Every person experiences feelings of guilt over sinful actions and choices, and every person responds to those feelings in some way. The Bible explains that a Christian response to guilt over sinful actions ought to be rooted in faith and repentance. Faith is trust in the promise of grace in Jesus the Christ as an … Continued

Shepherding your children through media choices

Kurt Gebhards — April 22, 2015

Christian parents must take special care in making wise decisions for their families. Whether we like it or not, our children are targeted as prime consumers in the media market. Without parental guidance, they are especially vulnerable, not only because they generally lack discernment but also because they are being exposed to media more than … Continued

The office of deacon: Character

Dan Dumas — March 13, 2015

It’s often said that one of the most important aspects of leadership is simply showing up. Just be there, and people will follow. People like their leaders to be visible. This attests to the truism that leadership begins and ends with example. It would be difficult to imagine a leadership role where this is more … Continued

Five favorite Southern Seminary classes

Trevin Wax — February 27, 2015

A few years ago, I received a Masters of Divinity from Southern Seminary. Recently, as I was looking over my class list and the required credit hours for my MDiv years, I thought about the classes that I enjoyed the most. Each of them were so good that I would take them again. Here are … Continued

Following Jesus when you want to give up

Sean McDowell — February 13, 2015

Where the Rubber Meets the Road If someone asked you what your biggest dream was what would you say? As a high school student the answer was easy for me—to play college basketball. Even though I was short and white, I was determined to play hoops at the next level. Since I grew up in … Continued