Do You Really Want to Raise Your Hand? A Q&A Guide for Seminary Students

raising hand

I love to interact with students in a classroom setting.  One of the most interesting parts of being a professor is the real-time Q&A.  It can be a lively, engaging, and informative time.

But, sometimes it isn’t. For this reason I appreciate the humorous (but true!) piece by Phillip Bethancourt.  He writes:

We all know who “that guy” is in your seminary class. He’s the one who can’t resist the opportunity to ask a question or make a comment. He’s the one trying to show he knows more than the professor, and perhaps more than the apostle Paul himself. He’s the one who thinks that your class of 40 students

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The Flying Scotsman: Lessons from the Life of Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell

Note:  The complete series on Eric Liddell is now at the bottom of this post.

The Bible makes it clear that one of the greatest helps to running the Christian race is to look at the lives of the many saints that have gone before us.   The author of Hebrews reminds us that “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” such as Abraham, Moses, Gideon, Sampson, David, and that therefore we should “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb 12:1).   In other words, the examples of the saints inspire us.  And we should follow those examples.

Now, the word “example” has …

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Ten Basic Facts about the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize: #1: “The New Testament Books are the Earliest Christian Writings We Possess”


Note: This is the first installment of a new blog series announced here.

This new blog series is designed to help the lay believer learn some basic facts about the New Testament canon—the kind of facts that might be helpful in a conversation with a skeptic or inquisitive friend.  The first of these facts is one that is so basic that it is often overlooked.  It is simply that the New Testament books are the earliest Christian writings we possess.

One of the most formidable challenges in any discussion about the New Testament canon is explaining what makes these 27 books unique.  Why these and not others?  There are …

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RTS-Charlotte Announces the Harold O.J. Brown Lecture Series

Harold OJ Brown

If one were to name the most influential evangelical voices of the 20th century, Harold O.J. Brown would certainly have to be on that list.

Dr. Brown was a towering intellect, with four degrees from Harvard University and author of numerous books including, The Protest of a Troubled Protestant (1969), Christianity and the Class Struggle (1970), Death Before Birth (1977), The Reconstruction of the Republic (1977), Heresies: The Image of Christ in the Mirror of Heresy and Orthodoxy from the Apostles to the Present (1984), and Sensate Culture (1996).

But, even with his brilliant mind, Dr. Brown’s most profound achievements were not in the classroom. Dr. Brown was one …

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