Does Dr. Jason Allen Meet Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Presidential Profile?

The Baptist Press reported that Dr. Jason K. Allen was chosen as the nominee to be Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s next president,1 but does he meet their ‘Presidential Profile’? While questions have been raised about Allen’s qualifications, questions have also been raised about Allen’s theology and the Midwestern Trustees’ silence on their vetting process. Below I will briefly comment on the Presidential Profile, trustee silence and Allen’s theology. The Presidential Profile Midwestern’s website lists the “Key Responsibilities of the Next President” with the following major points which conclude with their ‘Desired Qualifications’.2 Spiritual Leadership Institutional Leadership Fundraising/Enrollment Leadership Academic and …keep reading »


An “in Christ” Mindset

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:1-2 ESV) Notice how Paul begins the letter to the Philippians. He calls Paul and Timothy “servants” or “slaves” of Jesus. He then refers to the rest of the Christians at Philippi as “saints.” Paul sees them as having their identity in Christ. Paul’s approach makes me think about how those in one’s local and extended church families should be addressed. And …keep reading »


A Rough Seminary Semester, Part II

In part I, I shared about some of the issues my family and I faced during the 2011 spring semester which ran from January – May. God taught me a lot during that time. Some of what He taught me I’m still digesting while other lessons He taught me I’m not sure exactly how to put into words. In this post I will share some of what I am able to express that I believe God taught me through this time as well as some of the activities He lead me through. Running over the potholes of life describe in …keep reading »


A Rough Seminary Semester, Part I

This past 2011 spring semester (January – May) was rough. A lot happened in that five month span. I knew it was going to be busy since I was taking four classes in addition to my family, job, deacon duties, my daughter’s high school graduation and a teaching assignment at church. I began to feel the weight of the semester at the beginning when I found out how much reading and writing two of the classes required (these were week long intensive classes). Not long after being home from the one week intensives a friend’s father committed suicide. In light …keep reading »


We Could Both Win A $1000!

Last year I wrote about the “Logos Bible Software Seminary Scholarship” in Money for Seminary? I have been working toward the M.Div. for a year and a half now. The economy hasn’t gotten any better, but the Lord is still providing a way for me to attend seminary. What I wrote on this topic last year still applies so I won’t repeat it all here. But I will repeat one thing regardless of the circumstances – Praise God! I will praise God whether or not I win the scholarship contest Logos is awarding this year on August 10, 2011.  And we …keep reading »


The Theology Program Discounted

The Theology Program is 50% off through Wednesday of this week. You get the entire program which includes DVD’s and workbooks. I’m too busy this week to think which is what I need to do most. So I thought I’d pass this sale along. It would make a great Christmas gift for yourself or someone else. The package includes: Introduction to Theology Bibliology and Hermeneutics Trinitarianism Humanity and Sin Soteriology Ecclesiology and Eschatology Click here to purchase or for more information. Full disclosure, the link is an affiliate link so I get a little something if you click and buy. …keep reading »


Money for seminary?

I recently started seminary working toward an MDiv. Getting through seminary while having a family and full-time job looks to be a pretty big task. Additionally, paying for seminary after recently experiencing a large personal economic downturn is an equally difficult task. However uncomfortable times may be, the Lord is providing. Of course, if He provided just a bit more I would not complain. I am very appreciative for how the Lord is