5 Reasons to Come to @RTSCharlotte Preview Day on Sept 29th!

If you are considering seminary, you will not want to miss the RTS Charlotte preview day on Sept 29th. Here are a five things you’ll get to do if you come join us:

1. Take a tour of our beautiful 20-acre campus. We are blessed with a wonderful property nestled in the heart of south Charlotte.  You will not only see our many buildings, but also our wide open lawns for picnics, sports, or just catching up on your reading outdoors. And North Carolina is especially beautiful in the fall!

2. Sit in on a class with our top-notch faculty. The Charlotte campus has 12 residential faculty members

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Should You Be a Professor or a Pastor? Thinking Through the Options

Since I am a professor at a seminary, it is not unusual (indeed, it is very common) for students to come to me for advice about whether they should enter the pastorate or seek to be a professor.  While many of these students may have entered seminary with the intention of entering pastoral ministry, they have found themselves falling in love with a deep study of theology and the Bible.  And so, they think, perhaps the academic world is right for them.

I confess that I am often torn when students come to me with this question.  On the one hand, I want to discourage students from pursuing the Ph.D./professor …

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Tolkien, Lewis, and the Blessings of a Messy Desk

Last week I finished a key portion of one of my research projects.  And then I did what I normally do during such times (indeed, it is coming a bit of a tradition)–I cleaned up the colossal mess that I had made.

Before it was all said and done, books were strewn all over my desk, across my computer table, on the floor (on both sides of my desk), and up against the wall. Here’s the picture below!

Messy Desk

After I had finally cleaned up my desk–and returned a couple of cart fulls of books to the library–I began to reflect on my life with a messy desk. What did it …

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Is It a Waste of Time for Seminary Students (and Pastors) to Learn the Biblical Languages?

It’s that time of year again.

A wonderful new crop of seminary students has arrived here at RTS-Charlotte and has already begun the grueling month-long experience of Summer Greek. And, like all seminary students before them, they will begin to ask the question of why studying these ancient languages even matters. After all, a few years after graduation all will be forgotten. In the midst of a busy pastoral life, who could possibly maintain proficiency in the languages?

As a result of these questions, some students decide (very early on) that the biblical languages are just something to be endured. They are like a hazing ritual at a college fraternity. …

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Interested in Getting a Biblical Counseling Degree without Moving? You Can Do It at @RTSCharlotte

This past April, I spoke at the TGC Women’s conference in Indianapolis.  I also spent a good bit of time talking to women at the RTS booth about their hopes and dreams for ministry education.

I was asked repeatedly about which degree program would be helpful for women wanting to go to seminary.  Although all our programs are great, I think the RTS Charlotte Master of Arts in Christian Counseling degree (MACC) is a wonderful option.

Here are a few important facts about Charlotte’s MACC:

1. Half of the MACC’s 66 credit hours are in Bible and theology.  That means the degree is not filled only with counseling courses, but …

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