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Briefly Noted: On Affirmative Action and “Wishing You Were Black”

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In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education Angela Onwuachi-Willig argues that many whites do not understand affirmative action because they do not understand racism.[1] Moreover, she claims, some whites do not understand race itself. The occasion for Onwuachi-Willig’s essay is the recent Supreme Court decision on Fisher … Read More »

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Some Reflections on the Seminary, the Church, and the Academy

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Should the theological school be considered an “academic” enterprise? Or is it a “churchly” endeavor? Yes and yes. Or, so says Richard Mouw in his recent monograph, The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship. In the next-to-last chapter, “The Seminary, the Church, and the Academy,” Mouw argues that the theological school is … Read More »

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Praying For Our Seminaries

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Today marks our fall commencement exercises at Southeastern Seminary. In a couple of hours, I’ll sit with my faculty colleagues as we proudly watch our students walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. I’m so thankful for these students, dozens of whom I’ve taught in my classes. It will … Read More »

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Seven Reflections on the Dangers of Seminary

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This post is a confession of sorts, a confession that I hope will be beneficial to some who read it. In essence, it is about one thing-the fact that God’s grace toward me has been overwhelming and that at the same time I often have not lived in a manner … Read More »

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Q&A 17: What does it take for a pastor to be intellectually vibrant and well-read in the pastorate?

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Question: What does it take for a pastor to be intellectually vibrant and well-read in the pastorate? Reply: I believe nothing is more valuable in achieving this goal than that one would commit himself to be an expository preacher. That approach to preaching will keep one in the word week … Read More »

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Missions & Seminary Education (3): Seminaries Must Find Ways to Forge a “Deep Connect” between their Theology Faculty and their Mission Faculty

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In order for a seminary to produce healthy mission-minded students, it must ensure that theology and missiology are inseparable by (1) hiring theology faculty who are concerned to show how theology issues forth in ministry and mission, (2) hiring missiology faculty who are theologically orthodox, theologically aware, and theologically savvy, … Read More »

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Missions and Seminary Education (2): Seminaries Must Cast a Missional Vision “Top Down”

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Recently, I corresponded with a friend who is a theological educator. Our phone exchanges and letters centered on the topic of missions and seminary education. As I penned the latest letter in that exchange, I realized that some of the contents of that letter might be helpful for a broader … Read More »

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Missions and Seminary Education (1): A Match Made in Heaven or Hell?

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If the truth be told, missionaries and church planters often find themselves in a tension-riddled relationship with seminary people. Or, at least, that is the impression I have gained over the past fifteen years, as my peregrinations have led me back and forth between the mission field and the seminary … Read More »

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Some Reflections on Building a “Great Commission Seminary”

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Over the past several years, President Akin has led Southeastern Seminary to become even more of a Great Commission Seminary than it was already. In so doing, he challenged the college to be a “Great Commission college” and the faculty to make every classroom a “Great Commission classroom.” For me … Read More »

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Recommended Pre-Seminary Reading

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Several times a year I participate in a faculty panel during our Preview Weekends at Southeastern Seminary. Prospective students pepper us with questions about theological education, doctrine, campus culture, and ministry. It isn’t uncommon for prospective students to ask us what books they ought to be reading before they enroll … Read More »

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