Tag - stress

Being Married in Seminary

I cannot help but laugh at the timing of my writing of this post. I am sitting here fiddling through a basket of fries from an order of food my husband and I picked up after an exhausting day of arguing and bickering. It reminded me why a need for a...

Can You Go To Seminary Debt Free?

If God has called you to get a seminary education, here are some tips that might help you to go debt free or reduce your debt. 1.  Get a ministry position, even if it is part-time, and serve for several years before going to seminary.    By doing...

The Balancing Act

“There is a danger of doing too much as well as of doing too little. Life is not for work, but work for life, and when it is carried to the extent of undermining life or unduly absorbing it, work is not praiseworthy but blameworthy.”...

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

I haven’t written a personal post in a while, so I thought I’d give you a little update. A Quick Recap Jennifer and I have been in Orlando for 7 months now. It has been just about a year since I quit my job as a campus minister in order...

Resisting Sedentary Seminary

Remember the “Freshman Fifteen”? What about the “Seminary Several”? Perhaps you escaped the undergrad weight gain only to find that now seminary hits you with the one-two punch of entering your *ahem* shall we say, less than...

Going on Vacation

So, after sprinting full speed since mid December it is time for a little vacation. Starting Friday the family and I are heading off for some MUCH needed rest and relaxation. I’ve already cleared my work schedule and plan on only taking a...

Educational Debt Payments After Seminary

Sorry to post another dismal post about debt, but it is a harsh reality we need to wrestle with. As stated before, this information comes from a survey conducted by The Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The survey questioned 5,113 graduates...

Educational Debt Incurred at Seminary

I was reading the results from survey conducted by The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) this evening and was fascinated by some of the findings. The survey was conducted on graduating students from member schools of the ATS and included...

Setting Goals in Seminary

So, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this semester and trying to determine how I will know if the semester is a success. Is it a successful semester if I get straight A’s? Is the number of pages I read this semester a measure of...

Money and Flowers

Strange how stressed we get about money… or maybe that is just me… right? As Christians aren’t we supposed to look at the flowers of the field and see that God clothes them is splendor and be reminded that he will also take care of...

Budgeting Made Easy

I’ve spent years trying to find the best way for Just a Gal and I to manage our money. While I’d like to think that I had the noble motives of being the best steward of the gifts God gave us, the reality was that most of the time I was...

Tough transition day

My heart broke today. I walked into the kitchen to fix some lunch and saw my wife crying… enough said, right? I walked up and simply held her. “I’m sad,” she said through her tears. “I miss my friends.” There...

Just say no – Seminary triage

While taking some time reading through some posts on Seminary Survival Guide I was struck Mark’s obvious, yet often overlooked, observation that we must learn triage. There’s no way for you to work all the hours to get all the money you...

6 ways to save money in seminary

Take it down a notch – Americans love their space. However, have you notice that the rest of the world is not so space obsessed. I am always humbled when I see images of other countries where entire families live in 1 and 2 bedroom houses. I...

Health Insurance for seminary

Ok, health insurance is a pain in the neck. It is expensive and if you’re not on a company plan it is even more expensive. So, what are you to do? Well, first thing is to try and land a job that actually provides health insurance. Trick with...

Can I afford seminary?

The fact is that seminary is expensive. So, when trying to make the decision on going to seminary, it is important to spend some time crunching the numbers. Now, this isn’t the determining factor, but it is certainly one you must consider...

Life is hectic

My apologies for being absent the past few days. As any seminarian will tell you, life is hectic. In preparation for our departure for seminary in January, I’ve been working full time at a start-up company in my town helping them with...

Advice for families going to seminary

While scouring the internet today for more information to help us all on our seminary journeys I stumbled across a great post on tHe Resurgence (not to be confused with theresurgence.com). The post, Advice for Seminary Students with Families (&...

My virtual seminary experience

Ok, before I was just a guy going to seminary I was just a virtual guy going to a virtual seminary. Yes, I was an online student. The journey for me began about 7 years ago when I was trying to determine if God was calling me to seminary. I’m...

Average tuition cost for seminary student

UPDATE: Here are the latest numbers from 2014-2015. The average tuition for a full time seminary student(14-15 school year) was $14,726. (Data Tables)       ORIGINAL POST: According to a report from the Association of Theological...

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