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My Advice to Students — Matthew Barrett Says "Don't Forget to Read Scripture"

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9780310499275Seminary is jokingly referred to as cemetery, and I think I know why: It is a slow, painful death by a thousand paper cuts from hundreds of assigned readings!

If you've just finished your semester, you know what I mean. If you're planning to start this fall...all I can say is have bandaids at the ready.

Matthew Barrett, associate professor and editor of Four Views on the Historical Adam, has sound advice for avoiding such a death: "In the midst of all this excitement, don't forget to read Scripture in your own devotional time, with your family, and even in your own studies."

Among commentaries, theology, and ministry reading it's easy to forget the Most Important Book. Yet take it from me, a fairly recent seminary grad: heed Barrett's advice. Your walk and your future ministry will be better for it.

-Jeremy Bouma, Th.M. (@bouma)


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