Better Than “Chicken Soup for the Seminarian’s Soul”

I had planned to post links to articles helpful to seminarians/pastors/other students of God’s Word, but I see that Justin Taylor (“Thinking About Seminary?“) has already done so! He actually included all the links I had planned to, in addition to a couple of others (thanks, Justin!). So, I will quote from him below. These readings are helpful not just if you are thinking about seminary, but while you are in seminary. Having almost finished one year of seminary studies, I found it quite helpful to go back through some of the Warfield and Frame stuff.

B. B. Warfield: “Sometimes we hear it said that ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer, deeper, more operative knowledge of God than ten hours over your books. ‘What!’ is the appropriate response, ‘than ten hours over your books, on your knees?’

John Frame: “Your very immersion in the Word of God can be a blessing, or it can be a curse. If you hear the Word in unbelief or indifference, and respond to it that way over and over again over several years, you will be much worse off spiritually as a result.

These are good reminders that theology should lead to doxology and godly living, and that we are not studying for our own sake but for the glory of God and the good of others. Take heed!

Here’s Justin Taylor’s post:

If you’ve thought about attending seminary, here are a few resources I’ve come across that you may want to consider.

First, Owen Strachan–a former intern under Mark Dever and an assistant under Al Mohler–recently completed his MDiv at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is now a PhD student a Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the managing editor of the Henry Institute. He has written a helpful three-part series on the Seasons of a Seminarian (Beginning, Middle, End). Not everyone’s experience will match Owen’s, of course, but this is a helpful overview of the sort of things many experience in seminary. (There’s also a helpful podcast interview with Owen related to this topic.)

In addition, I’ve found the following articles particularly helpful in the past for thinking about seminary and how to prepare for it:

B. B. Warfield, The Religious Life of Theological Students (1911).

John Frame, Learning at Jesus’ Feet: A Case for Seminary Training

John Frame, Studying Theology as a Servant of Jesus

Reformed Theological Seminary’s pre-seminary reading list (short version and extended version)


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