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"The Lord will provide"; A statement easy to regurgitate in the life of a believer, but a test of true faith in the belief that He will indeed give pr...ovision. Prior to entering into seminary at The West Institute, I had no idea how I could afford this program. I am still bogged down with outstanding student loans from college, have a stay at home wife with two kids, a mortgage, and the financial burdens of everyday life. Secular culture would say I was crazy for entering into yet another financially difficult situation, but I had to.God had continually confirmed my convictions to enter seminary, and I took a leap of faith trusting in God's plan. Family and friends aided my first few months of school, but my funds soon ran out. Prayer after prayer was lifted up for God to provide. How could... More
Have you ever wanted to understand the big story of the Old Testament? Dr. Doug Bookman, professor at Shepherds Theological Seminary, provides a comp...rehensive survey of the Old Testament. This was recorded at The WEST Institute's 2013 Campus Ministry Conference.Dr. Bookman completed his M.Div. and Th.M. at Central Baptist Theological Seminary; and his Th.D. at Dallas Theological Seminary. After graduating from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Central Seminary, Dr. Bookman served as pastor/teacher in Rock Falls, Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of Pillsbury College in 1973, taught there for eleven years, and eventually served as Chairman of the Bible Department. Following his time as professor of Bible at Pillsbury, Dr. Bookman continued to teach at various Bible colleges as well as to teach and pastor at local churches. During these years Dr. Bookman began to see the need for a renewed emphasis on the life of Christ and the nation... More
The benefits of learning so much in seminary were obvious while I was doing ministry as a seminary student, but I wondered just how much was go...ing to stick afterward. I graduated in 2011 and in a year’s time it has been a blessing to enjoy the foundation God instilled through this amazing program! Not only do I still enjoy the Biblical framework I have been given, but I am realizing the joy of filling in the gaps. It has been a blessing to take the tools for learning into my ministry as a youth pastor. The more I learn, the more I know I have only scratched the surface of God’s word. Another habit I have gained through seminary is the joy of allowing God’s word to speak for itself. What a relief to know that I don’t need to dress up God’s word or use it to support... More