Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Handful of Inspirational Media Sites

Hard to believe another year is already upon us! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to blog more here on a regular basis. Good news is while I’ve been “on vacation”, I’ve picked up some excellent topics to blog about, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy the wealth of new information that’s coming. To gradually get back into the swing of blogging, I decided to kick off my first post of the New Year on a lighter note mentioning a few inspirational media sites that can help you spend more time in the Word of God while listening to some solid Biblical teaching. I frequently listen to a couple of these as I get the chance, and I hope they’ll be a blessing to you as well. Toccoa Falls Radio. Toccoa Falls Radio is a radio station about 20-30 minutes from where I live, and the station broadcasts inspirational programs such as Dr. Charles Stanley and Adrian Rogers. It’s a nice little radio station with an online live feed, great for turning in to quick, random inspiration from some excellent pastors. InTouch Messenger Download. InTouch Ministries (Dr. Charles Stanley) released this little box that was originally sent overseas to our soldiers in order for them to hear the Gospel and […]

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