Guest Tip – Adrian Rogers & Seminary

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One of my favorite Wordsearch resources (besides John G. Butler books!) is the Adrian Rogers Legacy Collection. This goldmine of sermons and illustrations from over the years of Dr. Adrian Rogers’ ministry is a must have for any pastor wishing to draw from one of the finest collections of sermons in digital format today.

However, the Adrian Rogers Legacy Collection is useful in other areas than just sermon preparation for pastors. As a seminary student, I frequently need to write seminary papers, exegetical papers, or engage in discussion groups where I am asked to explain or exegete a passage of Scripture.

While I certainly turn to all the “usual” academic resources when writing my school papers and discussions (such as academic-level dictionaries, exegetical commentaries, theological journals, etc.), I have found that also turning to the Adrian Rogers Legacy Collection gives me a wealth of exposition on a passage of Scripture, as well as some excellent quotes or illustrations to include in my papers and discussions to give them the extra “touch.” I treat the Adrian Rogers Legacy Collection as a giant “commentary” on the Bible that I search against passages of Scripture to see what Dr. Rogers’ insights contain on that passage. Here is how I do it:

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Guest Post – Empowering Children’s Ministry

Baptism by fire, that’s the phrase right? Yep, that’s what it is. And that’s how my official ministry to children started off.

Newly appointed Assistant Preschool Director, I walked in that first Sunday on the job ready to take on the world. Snacks were stocked and coloring pages were passed out; worship hour was starting. Still getting my bearings on the ins and outs, the preschool director gave me my first official task.

“Go get Sally; she must have forgotten it’s her turn in the preschool class today.”

I was so on it. Well, I was until about halfway down the aisle I realized the congregation had just been asked to take a seat. Now, a little timid since I had to walk all the way down the aisle to Sally, I picked up the pace. I found her, leaned in, and quietly whispered,

“I think you forgot, today is your day in preschool.” I held up the schedule in my hand as proof.

“Um, no. I need to be in here today. This is more important,” she replied.

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Guest Post – Give Him Just One

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People. We are used to multi-tasking, having our minds and lives firing in five different directions. At times we DO find ourselves on overload. When we do, what do we tend to do? And do well? Criticize ourselves. I am reminded of a time when I sat among a small group of gals in a Bible study setting. In that discussion time we were sharing our goals for the study. There was a mother of 4 small children who always need her attention.

In her frustration and complete weariness, she shared in depth about not having enough time for daily devotions and Bible study. She felt defeated and was basically giving up. Those in the group kept trying to help with creative ways to carve out enough time. Go to bed earlier, get up earlier, or even when they napped. This young mom was nearly in tears. I just sat and listened. This group was more worried about the quantity of time, rather then the quality.

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Guest Post: To the Weary Pastor’s Wife

There is no seminary course or Scripture reading plan that prepared me for being a pastor’s wife. Sure, there were tools that I was given and questions to think through. There were communication pointers and some wise words from those that went before me and somehow survived, but they didn’t really expound on how ugly the wrestle with temptation to shrink back would be. Or how maybe on the rough days even the temptation would be to just quit.

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Guest Post – Habit or Habitable?

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Churches on the brink have an interesting decision to make. They can sit on the precipice of irrelevance, close their eyes and pretending things will get better if they do what they have always done, choosing to believe that eventually what used to work will work again. They can choose to quit, just walk away from the community and the calling that started it all, or they can make a decision to change, to take a long hard look at who they were, who they are, and who they want to become. This third one is what the church we pastor has chosen. There is a constant struggle at our church to move forward; some still think the way it was is how it will be again if we do things like we used to, others don’t mind if some things change, but others just can’t be touched. It’s a catch 22 at times, but it’s also a wake up call for all church leaders.

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Guest Post – Is Your Christianity Attractive?

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Something gnawed at me.

I couldn’t identify it, but that something was there, like an internal siren trying to warn me.

One of my clients as an IT technician all but offered me a job under his purview. I was, of course, flattered at the offer, and the position definitely had its perks. It came with a modest increase in pay and the promise of summers off.

But as I contemplated the opportunity, that nagging feeling persisted. Finally, it hit me.

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