How much seminary training does a missionary need?

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An old pastors’ adage says, “Those who can’t, go; those who can’t go, teach”—the shortened aphorism for “Those who can’t preach, go to the mission field; those who can’t go to the mission field, teach.” Whoever created this useless and unbiblical proverb deserves appointment as minister of sanitation over church restrooms. This adage contradicts the following truths:

  1. Every man going to the mission field must be able to preach the Word.
  2. No one should go to the mission field as their second or third option for ministry.
  3. Every man who / must be able to preach the Word.
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Understanding the Easily Offended

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WARNING OFFENDEDAll of us have experienced that person in our lives – the one who is easily offended. It seems that no matter what we do, we cannot seem to please them, and we’re constantly doing “damage control.” In time, we can grow discouraged or impatient with such people. After all, it’s almost as if the person looks for ways to be offended! They are slow to change and quick to criticize. That kind of person is hard to win and hard to befriend. And in the context of the church, that person becomes virtually impossible to disciple because they resist challenge, deflect confrontation, ignore the Scriptures, and then… they bite.… Continue reading

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Protagoras, Harvard, and 21st Century Evangelicalism

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Harvard_Wreath_Logo_1.svgIn 1636, the academic doors of the first university in America (of course, then being the British ruled colony) opened out of a recognized need to train men for ministry. Naturally then, it has a very specific scope and a serious commitment, so when the first formal “Rules and Precepts” were adopted just ten years later, the founding members wrote that every student should “be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (Jn 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.… Continue reading

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Correct me if I’m wrong…

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During Superbowl XLIX, one of the biggest mistakes in professional football was committed at the most critical moment of the game, and will unfortunately go down as an embarrassing blemish in the Seattle Seahawks history. Seattle’s 12th man stared in befuddlement as their Superbowl dreams were intercepted in the last minute of the game.

It was shocking, and I sympathize with Tim Challies sentiment regarding the play.


tumblr_nj4imfJI0L1qhzi2jo1_250 2Challies was not the only one to weigh in.
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The Pastor is a Student

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When I graduated Seminary I did not leave a life of study. Every week I study so when I preach, I rightfully divide the Word and teach it correctly. Pastoral ministry — in fact the Christian life — requires I be a learner. Being a student benefits me personally and the church. The Lord calls believers to be life-time students. Some have said the pastor should be a scholar — I believe God agrees. Christ tells me I am a disciple, He commands me to be teachable, and exemplify both to the church. These three characteristics must be present in my life in order to honor Him as His child.… Continue reading

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