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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

Duke University, Religious Liberty, and Islamic Supremacism

J. Scott Bridger — February 9, 2015

The recent attacks in Paris on the offices of Charlie Hebdo have once again raised numerous questions about the nature of Islam. Most of them cluster around the issue of authenticity. Among the questions being debated and discussed are: What versions or expressions of Islam are most faithful to the sources? To what extent do … Continued

Is your marriage a picture of the gospel?

Hershael W. York — February 5, 2015

When we volunteered to help a couple in our church move, the wife looked appreciative, but a bit worried. “I need to tell you,” she said in a low tone as she leaned forward, “My sister, Debi, will be there helping us, too, and she’s a … a stripper.” “Well,” Tanya answered with a laugh, … Continued

14 questions to ask a pastor search committee

David Prince — October 8, 2014

  In your opinion, what are the 5 best things about the church? What would the average person in the church say is the best thing about the church? In your opinion, what are the 5 biggest problems in the church right now? What would the average person say is the biggest problem in the … Continued