Category: Ministry

Redeem the Time

As followers of Christ, time is one of our most precious and often wasted resources. We must be diligent to guard and redeem our time, because there are always people and activities that desire to spend it. Oswald Sanders argues that we often have more time th... Read More »

Discovering the art of following Jesus

Growing up, I was the salutatorian of Vacation Bible School. I could have easily been valedictorian had it not been for Emily being “gifted” and “more spiritual” than me. One year, a simple question was posed: Who do you want to be in the Bible? As an ... Read More »

Retreat: Not an Option

In the midst of the raging culture wars and a sharply divisive political environment, Christians in America can often feel schizophrenic over how they should relate to our culture. Should the church retreat from the world and form Christian communities—tiny ... Read More »

By The Way, What Time Is It, Anyway?

Have you ever been misunderstood, misrepresented or misquoted in ministry? If you have been involved in ministry for any length of time, the answer is an emphatic YES! Be encouraged: your service in ministry reflects the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. He wa... Read More »

Is Extending An Invitation Really Relevant For Today?

The contemporary pulpit of the 21st century has become silent. Not in regard to story-telling, pithy sayings, anecdotes and illustrative pictures of everyday life, but with regard to any concrete explanation of the text of Scripture. In some cases, the use of ... Read More »

Our Answer to God’s Call – L.R. Scarborough

I recently came across a resource made available by the librarians at Southwestern Seminary’s Roberts Library. They have been diligently working to make digital archives of letters, lecture notes, articles, pictures and sermons of past presidents of Southwes... Read More »

An Appeal To Pastors—Please Call Out The Called

“This is a heart message to my brothers in a holy cause, seeking to lay upon their souls Christ’s cry for Gospel recruits. … Will we do our part in calling out … those He has called?”[1] This is the heartfelt plea of L.R. Scarborough, the second pres... Read More »

What Can I Do With A Humanities Degree?

I occasionally get asked this question from prospective students and their parents who are a bit puzzled to discover that, in addition to courses in biblical studies, the curriculum at the College at Southwestern includes a humanities component in which studen... Read More »

Proficiency Over Rapidity: Text-Driven MDiv

Proficiency with “tools of the trade” is highly valued in the majority of vocations. For instance, a pilot cannot become a captain or first officer without completing 1,500 hours of flight time at the controls of a plane. A violinist cannot become exceptio... Read More »

5 Tools To Properly Seek The Will Of God

Recently, I visited with two young men who were trying to decide on a place of ministry. They both were considering opportunities that would change the trajectory of their lives. I shared with them the five tools I use in seeking to know God’s will. Whether ... Read More »