My Advice to Students — Scott Rae Says, “Your Academic Work is Discipleship”

Jeremy Bouma on July 23rd, 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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9780310513995During seminary orientation seven years ago I remember our president giving us fresh seminarians some important words of encouragement for our new season. Scott Rae, author of Do the Right Thing, has the same advice for you and your own journey, as well:

Consider your academic work as part of your calling from God and part of your discipleship.

Whether you are a student now or will be next month, this season of your life is part of what it means to faithfully follow Jesus. Right now God is calling you to be a student, and follow Him in that way.

I remember my president’s words seven years ago were incredibly freeing as I embarked on my own academic journey. Listen to Rae give the same freeing words to you and then do what he encourages:

You are serving Christ by doing your academic work well. So take it seriously and go for broke.

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


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