Author - jeff-patterson

Why is seminary needed?

IX Marks asked a roundtable of seminary presidents two questions: Why is your seminary needed? What’s an exciting example you have seen being done in a local church that would encourage pastors to think of raising up the next generation? Read...

In all things be thankful

“… give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:18) Today, as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow, the will of God is for us to be thankful in all things . To specifically...

Where’s Ryan, redux

B/c I covered up his post with another, it’s worth re-answering the question, “Where’s Ryan?”
(Or, for the old faithful, “Where is Just A Guy?”)
Our faithful founder is alive and well and living near Canada :-)

How I prepare to preach

C.J. Mahaney asksMark DeverandJohn Piperwhat they do and how they would counsel others in sermon preparation. (It looks like the “how to” approach is not specifically what they emphasize in mentoring others. Thank God for good mentors...

Professors are people too

A couple years ago I was humbled (okay, a couple minutes ago I was too, but that’s another story) … when I realized that my professors were so caring, authentic, and well, human. This epiphany moment? I was walking across campus and two...

Preach Deeper

Dr. Peter Mead who mentors preachers (around the world, and based out of the UK) — and also graduated from two seminaries here in the States — has some brief reflections on preaching style in “Preach Deeper” (he illustrates...

Ed Stetzer interiew on sub-text

Speaking of sub-text, there is a new interview with Ed Stetzer over there. A highlight: Q: What are some common mistakes churches in the suburbs make? Ed: I think there are probably several. First, they assume that nice shiny clean people have nice...

Helps for faithfully sharing the Gospel

subtext is a recent addition to the web and blogosphere world, headed up by pastors Joe Thorn and Steve McCoy. It may be a helpful resource for all of us who live on the outskirts of the City (and for those who live anyone, for that matter)...

Six Preacher’s Notes

Josh Harris recently post the last of six preacher’s notes in a series. The most recent one is Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Mark’s notes as he preached from John 17? Two post-its in his Bible. One of expository notes on...

Starting Seminary Year 4 of ?

For the last couple years I’ve been blessed to be a teaching assistant for first-year Theology at Multnomah (actually co-TA, as Kari does most of the paper-grading). Once or twice a semester I get to fill-in for our prof and teach (preach!) on...

What else to bring to seminary?

In his last post Chad gave some good pointers on what to bring to seminary, and then concluded on the note: “Navigating seminary is different from college, it is an immersive experience that should be taken full advantage of.” I totally...

Considering Seminary When Others Do Not

So you think God wants you to go to seminary … now what? How do you know you are meant to head to seminary? Especially when some in your life think it would be a waste of time and resources? So, just how does one proceed to investigate, select...

Taking the Time to Commute

Two tips on how not to waste one’s commute. Most full-time seminary students, it seems, live on or near campus and participate in community life. Then there are commuter students, those who because of jobs, housing and family commitments come...

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