TBS Bloggers

Friday, September 30, 2005

Student Blogs

It should be noted that some of the TBS students have blogs, as Kerux has previously noted. I've added a links section for them on the TBS Blog, so that any who read it can check them out.
The additions are:
Enjoy!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Do the Next Thing

Elizabeth Elliot once gave this advice to young mothers feeling overloaded with diapers, dishes and delinquent Dads: "Do the next thing." What she meant was that panic and despair don't wash plates.
The Cowboy recently posted an excellent article comparing seminary work to mountain climbing. I like that analogy! Nobody climbs a mountain fast - but they climb it successfully as they keep on moving one limb at a time up the face.
Smart people are rare - and so are hard-working ones. But they often look the same. My advice is to learn to keep a good list of what you need to do, then finish one thing and go on to the next.
It ain't rocket science - but maybe if we spent more time "doing" than stressing "about" doing, more would get done.
Besides, there's nothing like that great feeling of scratching off your list: Learn more Greek vocab!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Personal Library Cataloging Tool Online

For pastors, scholars and students, the advent of a free online cataloging tool for personal libraries is a welcome sight.

See LibraryThing for more information. (Thanks to Justin Taylor and Joe Carter).

Climbing the Mountain

As we near the end of our second week of classes, the students are beginning to see the mountain of work that lies ahead of them. Over time, students will often question whether climbing this mountain of work is spiritually and pedagogically profitable. With so much material to cover, they can feel as if they are retaining little of it, and merely 'skimming the surface'.

Is there a good reason for demanding so much from students? We must affirm that it is good to make such demands if only to prepare students for the greater demands of ministry. Although the readings and papers required are not the same kind of demands that a pastor may face, the necessity of spiritual disciplines upheld and affections kindled in the face of demands is an appropriate parallel.

For example, does a pastor get an extension for his sermon due on Sunday, simply because he had a couple of late night phone calls that week? Is the pastor excused for his prayerlessness because his ministry is too demanding?

Likewise, students who face the mountain of schoolwork are provided with a spiritual, as well as intellectual challenge. They must fight to keep their hearts warmed in devotion to Christ and his Word, in the midst of a familiarity with these things that tempts them to contempt.

The complaints from students are beginning to come, but the testimonies to God's gracious provision for them will also be coming. Climbing the mountain of schoolwork requires growth in faith, and seminary education is all about such a business.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Principal's Chapel


I would like to take a brief opportunity to express my thoughts on today's chapel service. It was a spiritually uplifting time and I very much felt the Spirit of God among us. The songs were very appropriately chosen and the musical accompaniment that Kitty provided on the piano was a great help. Especially on the last hymn, it added to the power of the message we had just heard. My soul was truly worshipping as I sang.
Ben Inglis' choice from the Valley of Vision was perfect for leading in corporate prayer. I would love to do that again. Ryan Case's reading from Amos was also very good, you can tell that he has had some experience in church worship services! It was a long passage, but my mind (and heart!) was engaged right the way through.
Of course, Dr. Haykin's sermon was also quite good. I thank the Lord that He visited us with power today through the preaching of His Word. What a reminder that by fearing God we need not fear anything or anyone else! Praise the Lord!
Let us all be reminded to pray for our chapel services so that each one is like today's. They are a great opportunity for us, during the week, to keep ourselves grounded in Christian experience. All too often we can become bogged down with our homework, fieldwork, social life, etc. But when God meets us as He did today, we can be refreshed to engage the work that He has called us to do.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Between Two Worlds: Tolle Lege

Justin Taylor blogs about Dr. Haykin - twice.

Edwards Centre Lecture and Convocation


On October 1, 2005, The Jonathan Edwards Centre for Reformed Spirituality and Toronto Baptist Seminary are pleased to have Dr. Tom Ascol of Founders Ministries speak at the 3rd Annual Autumn Lecture for the JECRS. His lecture will be on Charles Haddon Spurgeon and Family Piety. It will begin at 10am in the Greenway Chapel (TBS). There will be a freewill offering to help cover costs. We hope that you can make it.
Dr. Ascol will also be the guest speaker at the Fall Convocation at TBS held in the auditorium of Jarvis Street Baptist Church at 2pm.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Some Thoughts from a TBS Freshman

Have you seen this brief, but interesting little post from Julian Freeman?

Toronto Baptist Seminary & the Blogosphere

The inauguration of a blog for Toronto Baptist Seminary marks a significant occasion. It is the beginning of a new opportunity to use an accessible medium for the broadcast of Scriptural truth and the advance of the Gospel.

By the use of this weblog, TBS will be able to offer encouragement and exhortation to the Church of Jesus Christ. The TBS Bloggers seek to follow the Pauline directive:

"I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching" (2Tim 4:1-2).

May God be glorified.

BCH

Just Testing

I'm just testing to see if my profile works! It does, which makes me very happy.
Welcome Kerux (Prof. Paul Martin)!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Welcome!


Well, I feel somewhat special for being the first to blog on the Toronto Baptist Seminary blog! I'm looking forward to reading what I'm sure will be encouraging and informative posts from the faculty and staff here at TBS.
We are officially the "TBS Bloggers." Let the blog times roll!
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