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My Advice to Students: Todd Wilson Says “Don’t Begrudge Suffering God Sends Your Way”

Jeremy Bouma on October 15th, 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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9780310515838Todd Wilson, author of the new book Real Christian, has three things to say to students—the last one is perhaps the most powerful.

  1. Take Professors, Not Classes: “You can have a great subject and if you have a bad professor it can be a tedious experience. But if you’ve got a topic that isn’t interesting but a great professor it can be life changing.”
  2. Stay Invested in the Church: “It’s really critical to stay in the life of the church, invest in the life of the church, and serve God’s people in that way.”
  3. Don’t Begrudge Suffering: God has a way of surprising you by sending you challenges during graduate school. While there is a temptation to see them as a distraction, “God is using that suffering as part of, perhaps, the key part of your training.”

So student, consider today how God might be using suffering to train you in your ministry.


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