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My Advice to Students — Stephen Garrett Says "Connect with a Local Church"

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9780310331360A few weeks before I started my M.Div. program seven years ago I asked a friend, “What’s the one piece of advice you have for me as I start my program?”

My friend’s advice is the same advice Stephen M. Garrett has for you:

“Make sure you have a close connection with a local church.”

Garrett, co-editor of Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy, says it’s vital for you to have a community of believers to walk with you through this process—for one major reason:

Studying theology and the Bible can lead to a spiritually dry period.

I agree.

Watch Garrett explain how you’ll benefit from this close connection and how it will help you avoid a potentially barren spiritual experience.

Listening to my friend’s advice made all the difference in my journey, and I trust Garrett’s can do the same in yours.

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


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