From the Desk of the President

A Prayer for Graduates (And Good for All of Us)

Kelly Walter, founding pastor at Rock Brook Church in Belton, MO., spoke at our recent commencement and challenged graduates to put this prayer at the top of their list: “God, let me humbly serve you in the authority of Jesus Christ.” In 2 Peter 1, one of the closest friends of Jesus identified himself as [...]

By |2019-07-12T21:15:33-05:00July 12th, 2019|

Not the Final Verse

You may remember the 1969 song “Is that All there Is?” sung by Peggy Lee. The chorus read, Is that all there is?  Is that all there is? If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing Let's break out the booze and have a ball If that's all there is . . [...]

By |2019-04-18T20:37:34-05:00April 18th, 2019|

Chapel on Sexual Abuse in the Church

Chapel Service In this term’s chapel, the Seminary addressed the issue of sexual abuse in the Church. President Eldridge introduced the chapel with these words, “The Bible is not silent about sexual abuse.” The Bible is clear about our responsibility to protect others from the abuse of power. Suzie Paslay read the scripture, “Give justice [...]

By |2019-03-01T16:52:12-05:00March 1st, 2019|

Seminary Scary?

  For some, the very word “seminary” is frightening. They envision struggling with languages such as Greek and Hebrew. They suppose seminary is only for perfect geniuses whose conversations contain strange words such as “dyophysitism” or “tropological.” Let me demythologize the term and take the scary out of seminary. The word “seminary” comes from the [...]

By |2019-01-19T01:18:22-05:00January 19th, 2019|

The Journey – It’s the Experience

We live in an experience economy. Today it is not about the destination, but the experience. Adult learners are not interested in being silent spectators. They want to be active participants. If learning is indeed the experience and not the stamp on the passport, what makes for a good learning experience? There are many ways [...]

By |2018-09-07T18:55:03-05:00September 7th, 2018|

What Makes a Great Student?

As students are returning to school, this is a worthwhile question to ask.  It is easy to criticize teachers and complain about deficiencies in our schools, but teachers are only part of the equation. Students and parents share responsibility for learning outcomes. Great schools are determined not just by the caliber of their faculty, but [...]

By |2018-08-25T04:28:19-05:00August 25th, 2018|

Traditional Seminary vs. Online Seminary – which is right for you?

Today, persons called to ministry have many options for their training. With more than 500 seminaries, 1200 Bible colleges, and several hundred Christian Colleges that offer ministry tracks, the choices are daunting. How do you sort through the various opportunities and simplify your decision-making process? The following examines the pros and cons of two of [...]

By |2018-08-15T20:50:34-05:00August 15th, 2018|

Theology AND Practice

One of the grave dangers of the Church and for every Christian is to believe what the Bibles says, but not practice those beliefs. James expressed it this way, Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says(bold mine.) Anyone who listens to the word but does not dowhat [...]

By |2018-07-13T16:22:26-05:00July 13th, 2018|

Getting the Most out of Seminary While Saving Money

I worked four years in a church staff position during and after college, before deciding I needed to further my education by going to a seminary. These years were invaluable to my development because I experienced ministry and discovered what I needed to know before furthering in my studies. I wish all incoming students could [...]

By |2018-06-08T19:21:19-05:00June 8th, 2018|

Why Go to Seminary?

Seth Godin wrote an interesting piece about education at the crossroads today.  And he raised an interesting point: School was the big thing for a long time. School is tests and credits and note taking and meeting standards. Learning, on the other hand, is 'getting it'. It's the conceptual breakthrough that permits the student to [...]

By |2018-06-01T15:14:54-05:00June 1st, 2018|