Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "seminary"

Laboring in the Word of God

Today, for my Leadership Journal interview, I had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College. Prior to coming to Wheaton, Dr. Ryken was pastor at the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. I've enjoyed Dr. Ryken's preaching and his books. They seem to combine excellent scholarship with an easy-to-read pastoral tone. Among my favorites are Solomon and Loving the Way Jesus Loves. I also enjoy his commentaries in the Preaching the Word commentary series coauthored with Dr. R. Kent Hughes. The interview was wide-ranging on a few topics. One of the questions I asked him was about the intersection between scholars and pastors: What are some ways you would counsel pastors to be more scholarly and scholars to be more pastoral? Like a lot of Presbyterians, I have always admired the ideal of the scholar-pastor. When I was a student at Wheaton in the 1980s, John Piper gave an outstanding...

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5 Reflections on My First Year of Seminary

Even though I've been in ministry for several years, writing, pastoring, preaching, I made the decision last year to apply at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. By some miracle of divine providence, I got in and by another miracle of divine providence, I finished a year. Because I'm doing this while I'm pastoring and writing, it will likely take me five years to complete my degree. So what do I think after a year of seminary? Here are five reflections: 1) To attend seminary is a privilege. One of the frequent prayers we make in our formation group is this, "Dear God, thank you for the rich privilege to study at such a good seminary." Most pastors and ministry workers around the world are not afforded the rich theological resources available to Americans. There's a lot of complaining going on in the Church today about seminary, lot's of questions about higher education, etc. But...

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