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My Advice to Students — John Byron Gives 3 Solid Pieces of Advice for Mid-Semester

Jeremy Bouma on October 29th, 2014. Tagged under ,.

Jeremy Bouma

Jeremy Bouma (Th.M.) has pastored on Capitol Hill and with the Evangelical Covenant Church in Michigan. He founded THEOKLESIA, which connects the 21st century Church to the vintage Christian faith; holds a Master of Theology in historical theology; and makes the vintage faith relevant at

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9780310327264 (1)By now we’re nearing the middle of the semester, so it’s a good thing we’ve got some timely advice from John Byron, author of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. He has three things to share:

  1. Don’t be in such a rush. Students often see school as a hinderance to fulfilling their calling. Here’s what he tells them: “You only have this opportunity once in your life.” So take advantage of it.
  2. The habits you form now will follow you later. Some of these habits include: rushing; frustrating professors; skimping on writing papers.  “These habits will most likely follow you in the pulpit, and you may find you’re frustrating the very people you’re trying to minister to.”
  3. Take control of your education. While your institution has required courses, Byron says “Don’t just simply ride through your time at seminary or Bible college and think you’ve got everything you need.”

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