“The Beauty of Theology (an Advent Call)”-GoingToSeminary.com


I just wanted to let all of you know about a new article I recently put up on GoingToSeminary.com.  In light of this advent season, I retooled some of the things I wrote in my Beauty series to encourage those of us getting bogged down in holiday busyness and school finals. I hope the article … Continue reading “The Beauty of Theology (an Advent Call)”-GoingToSeminary.com

“Seminaries & the Nature of Truth” – GoingToSeminary.com


Hey, just wanted to write a quick note letting you all know that my new article is up on GoingToSeminary.com.  This is Part 2 of a very unofficial series I’m doing on Truth and Doctrine.  The first part went up about a week and half ago, and had some great feedback on it.  This article … Continue reading “Seminaries & the Nature of Truth” – GoingToSeminary.com

“Letting Seminary Doctrinally Change You” & Controversy – GoingToSeminary.com


Remember “that” article I was talking about last week?  The one that may begin some “controversy” at GoingToSeminary.com? Well, it’s up now. It’s part one of two on a little series I’m writing on doctrinal changes while in seminary.  As I said then, I’m more concerned about this next article than this one.  If it … Continue reading “Letting Seminary Doctrinally Change You” & Controversy – GoingToSeminary.com

Controversy, Controversy, Controversy at GoingToSeminary.com


Update: The two posts mentioned in this article are now up. “Letting Seminary Doctrinally Change You” and “Seminaries & the Nature of Truth“. Yep, it’s a double-post sort of day.  (let’s just say I’m making up for Labor Day.)  But this is a personal one.  I’m asking for some prayer. At publication time for this post, … Continue reading Controversy, Controversy, Controversy at GoingToSeminary.com

“Realizing Seminary’s Not For You” – GoingToSeminary.com


UPDATE: I am now back in seminary. I’ve written the reasons why here. After a long hiatus from writing for the site (for obvious reasons), I have written a new article on the site GoingToSeminary.com.  I’m really proud of this one and it has generated a LOT of conversation so far.  Some supportive, some . . … Continue reading “Realizing Seminary’s Not For You” – GoingToSeminary.com

So you’re about to start Distance Education? Here are some tips.


Having just graduated from my own Distance Graduate School program, I felt the desire to collate some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Through the course of my program, I wrote for two websites focused around encouraging students as they looked for and went through seminary programs. Now, though the pieces below focus … Continue reading So you’re about to start Distance Education? Here are some tips.

Who has a brand new Masters of Divinity degree? This guy.


After going to seminary nearly 8 years ago, dropping out after a year, and then returning 5 years later, I have now graduated with my Masters of Divinity from the Newbigin House of Studies program at Western Theological Seminary. (Sorry for all those links.) I was also proud and humbled to have been voted by the … Continue reading Who has a brand new Masters of Divinity degree? This guy.

Seminary for the Whole Person: Practical Theology & Preaching Classes


I recently had two more pieces of writing go up at the website Going to Seminary. They both have similar themes about freeing ourselves to engage in seminary with our whole selves. The first about how to make the most of your preaching class. Here’s the intro: In seminaries, the most hit-or-miss class might be the occasional … Continue reading Seminary for the Whole Person: Practical Theology & Preaching Classes

NEW POST: Christian (Seminary) Community is Hard & Painful


I’ve got a new post up at Going To Seminary where I talk about how it’s hard to make and sustain community, even in seminary. I’m writing mainly about my experience at in in-residence seminary program (my experience with distance learning has been quite different, as you can imagine). But, even if you’re not in … Continue reading NEW POST: Christian (Seminary) Community is Hard & Painful

NEW POSTS: Apps for Organizing Your Seminary Study


I have a couple of new posts over at Going To Seminary on helpful apps for reading and studying while you’re going through school. It won’t take you long upon your arrival at seminary how much things may have changed from previous generations of seminary educations. One of the biggest differences is just how digital everything … Continue reading NEW POSTS: Apps for Organizing Your Seminary Study

New Seminary Post: Holy Week Music & Readings on Death


I have a new post on the site Going to Seminary. I am putting up occasional posts giving different things to read around the interwebs, and this week focuses on Holy Week and its theme of death–Christ’s Death, Our Death, and Death conquered. I also give some classical music suggestions for this week (more Lent music suggestions … Continue reading New Seminary Post: Holy Week Music & Readings on Death

Let’s try this again: “Going (Back) to Seminary”


Years ago, on my first go-around with seminary, I wrote for a website called Going To Seminary. The site was started by an old campus minister of mine, and it was meant to be a place for wisdom and encouragement in seminary life. Looking back on the posts I wrote then, I still can’t believe how overzealous … Continue reading Let’s try this again: “Going (Back) to Seminary”