Monthly Archives: January 2012

Surviving Seminary

Will You Survive Seminary?


I ran into this little quiz over at It’s a good site if you’re looking to take the plunge or if you’re already neck deep into it. I took the quiz and I suppose did fairly well – though the questions aren’t all that penetrating. (How many children do I have named after dead theologians? None, I think.)

Come to think of it, I’m not really certain what “surviving seminary” is supposed to mean. So having loads of free time (heh) I sat and pondered it for a bit. As I mulled the meaning over in my mind I heard the Lord whisper into my heart a startling answer.

Back to Seminary

Since I finished my time at Moody I have yearned to return to seminary. Since I sat down in Dr. Ron Sauer’s Greek class(es) I began yearning for a masters degree in Biblical Languages.

Having put it off for years because the timing wasn’t right or for whatever other reasons came up at the time, I do not wish to wait any longer. I want to go back to seminary. Technically I suppose I’m not “going back” since Moody Bible Institute isn’t exactly a seminary – it’s a Bible College. Nevertheless I desire a masters degree.

To that end I’ve begun the Master’s program at Lincoln Christian Seminary (Henceforth LCU) in Lincoln Illinois this fall.

This decision was not reached in a vacuum. It comes on the heals of prayer, expresses the fulfillment of a deep seated desire, and has the blessing of my wife.

When embarking on a large undertaking it is wise to seek counsel and then make your decision. To that end I did a bit of searching concerning the return to seminary.

A few years ago Mark Dever wrote about How to Pick a Seminary. In the article which I pulled from the digital mothballs he provides five factors to consider in picking a seminary.
In brief they are:

  1. Confession of Faith
  2. Quality of Education
  3. Cost
  4. Church
  5. Connections for Life

Begin With Forgiveness

Begin with your own Forgiveness

Today as we celebrate communion, we celebrate our own forgiveness. It is a great way to start a new year. Every year the new year’s resolutions people cling to for a few weeks are the hope of making a fresh start. They express the desire we all hold to make each year better than the one before it. But resolutions usually fall sooner rather than later, and the New Year energy is replaced with the drudging move through winter’s cold months and into another year more or less just like the last. This morning we ought to start with something other than resolutions. We’ll start with something more lasting, indeed something that is by its very nature: Permanent! Today we begin with forgiveness. And we will begin by talking about our own forgiveness.
Communion as a celebration for us serves as the proper place to start talking about forgiveness for what it is. Forgiveness goes way beyond telling someone “I’m sorry.” And it goes way beyond responding with, “That’s OK, I forgive you.” When someone has apologized. Forgiveness has a much deeper meaning, application and cost to us than the cheapness of words which can be stated without any fact behind them. After all, God does know the difference between what we say and what we mean, but often times we do not know ourselves the fullness of what we are asking.