My Advice to Students — James Merrick Says, “Read Outside Your Comfort Zone”

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After college I (Jeremy) worked for a Republican in the United States Senate.

Each morning my colleagues prepared for their day by reading the New York Post and The Washington Times.

Not me. I swapped those alleged “conservative” papers for The New York Times and Washington Post, publications that are sometimes called “progressive.”

Why?

I wanted to read “the other side.”

James Merrick, co-editor of Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy, shares similar advice for students. Because no matter where you’re studying there are people on the so-called “other side.”

As Merrick shares, “What I found helpful is to read those people who…

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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…

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My Advice to Students — John Franke Says, “Be Open” and “Never Forget Christianity 101”

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9780310331360Graduate academic work is fraught with many challenges, not least of which is how we engage new ideas and the people who bear them.

Which is why today's advice is so important.

John Franke, contributor to Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy, has some sound advice to help you navigate ideas that might be different than your own: 

"Maintain a sense of openness to new ideas and develop a curiosity." Franke maintains if the God revealed in Jesus is who we evangelicals say He is, then we have freedom to explore. "Never forget the importance of…Christianity 101." Franke says Christianity 101 calls us to treat…

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My Advice to Students—Karen Jobes Says, “Don’t Lose Your Love for the Word of God”

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9780310244165It’s been said, “If we’re going to do the Lord’s work, we have to learn to do it in the Lord’s way.”

For Karen Jobes, author of the ZECNT 1, 2, 3 John commentary, that has meant stopping work on Sundays, even—and, perhaps, especially—studying the Bible.

She acknowledges “it’s kind of weird to say I’m not going to study the Bible on Sundays. But I’m not going to study the Bible in the same ways I do the six other days of the week.”

While not a strict Sabbatarian, from graduate school until now she has tried to set aside Sunday as a…

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My Advice to Students — Oliver Crisp Says “Weigh Up Your Choices”

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9780310514961The job market for academia is very difficult, which makes todays advice to students especially important.

Given these difficulties, Oliver Crisp, theology professor and co-editor of Christology, Ancient and Modern, urges students considering a career in the academy to “weigh up your choices.”

“Think carefully about the institution, think carefully about the person you’re going to be studying with, as well as the topic.”

He shares from his own story some clear decisions he made when he was starting out to illustrate why this advice is important.

I know how important this advice was four years ago for a friend of mine working…

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My Advice to Students — John Walton Says “Take Your Time, Take Responsibility, Take Languages Seriously”

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If you're a student considering going on into academia watch this video!

John Walton, professor and contributor to Four views on the Historical Adam, shares three important lessons to help you keep the big picture in mind:

Take your time. Walton was in a hurry to get to his career. Yet "it might have been better to take my time and pick up more along the way." Your time of preparation is short, so take your time. Take responsibility for your education. ”Don’t just be mechanically doing the minimum of what you have to do to get to the next step.”…

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My Advice to Students — Ardel Caneday Has One Word of Advice: “Network!”

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Historical_adamSeveral scholars have shared solid advice in this space over the past year. Yet I believe today’s stands out as a special, if not overlooked, nugget of wisdom.

Ardel Caneday, NT professor and editor of Four Views on the Historical Adam, has one word of advice for students: network. “Connect with others, mentors, professors and senior scholars who might be able to offer advice, suggestions, and guidance along the way.”

One of Caneday’s academic regrets was not having a mentor, which he says he could have used. Unfortunately, the lack of connections and mentoring is all too common in the academy.

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My Advice to Students — William Barrick Says “Remain Students, Listen Well, Stay Faithful”

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Historical_adamWilliam Barrick, professor of OT and contributor to Four Views on the Historical Adam, shares three important nuggets of advice for current and former students alike.

First, remain a student. He doesn’t mean remain in school, but remain a student in your mind, heart, habits, and life of reading and writing. “Continue with your education until the end of your life. You’re never so filled with knowledge and you’re never so correct that we can stop learning.”

He also advises to listen well. Take time to listen to other people’s arguments, take time to read about their arguments, and be slow to respond…

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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…

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My Advice to Students — Van Pelt Shares Solid Languages Advice He Got and Wished He Got

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9780310270201When it comes to advice for students trying to master, let alone study and grasp, the biblical languages there is no small amount of solid, reliable advice for students.

Yet in our video today Miles Van Pent, professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary and author of Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar, offers us a two-meal helping of solid biblical languages advice he got and wished he would have gotten—advice I wish I would have gotten, too!

His sage wisdom centers around the priority we give to studying biblical languages and the priority we give to the primary text itself:

1) If you're going to be good in the…

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My Advice to Students — Grudem Says Seminarians Should Do These 4 Things

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9780310286707As you may have noticed over the past several months of our series, there is no shortage of advice from seasoned biblical scholars. And that's a good thing, because let's face it: We can use all the advice we can get when embarking on the unique journey of a seminarian.

Yet standing out among the crowd is the sage wisdom from Dr. Wayne Grudem, professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary and author of the seminal work Systematic Theology. Perhaps that's because he is more seasoned than many of those who've shared so far, in terms of experience and scope of career. Or maybe it's because of the unique set…

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My Advice to Students — Gignilliat Says, “Seminary Is Like Boot Camp, Not Christian Summer Camp”

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9780310325321Question time for those who are currently in a seminary program: Did you ever imagine it would be like this? With all of the languages, obscure doctrines, nuanced hermeneutical schemes, and papers and tests? I know I didn't when I entered my seminary experience nearly seven years ago.

But if not, what did you think it would be like? Perhaps more like summer camp and less like the boot camp that it is?

That's how Mark Gignilliat describes the experience, professor of Old Testament studies at Beeson Divinity School and author of A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism.

Given the nature and rigor of graduate biblical studies, he advises students to enter the…

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