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19 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Our Final Episode
We are both in places where we need to move on to some different things, and so it is time to bring an end to Surviving Seminary. It has been a fun year working on this project, and we hope that it has been fun and valuable for you! Enjoy this final episode where we reflect on our podcasting path, talk about the future, and take some time to express our appreciation for everyone who has listened to the show.
34 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
The Research Paper, Part 7 - Structure & Style
A complete argument needs a complete paper to contain it. It is critical to structure your research paper and write in a clear manner. It should flow and read easily so that your reader will understand and more likely be persuaded. This is the concluding episode in our Writing suite, and we hope to end it with a bang!
24 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
The Research Paper, Part 6 - Acknowledgements & Warrants
Even if you feel like your research paper has a water tight argument, you may have to add some extra components that will address objections and offer additional explanations. These components, known respectively as acknowledgements and warrants, will make your presentation clearer and increase your credibility. Kevin and Jason will break it down for you in this episode.
15 minutes | May 25, 2020
The Research Paper, Part 5 - Reasons & Evidence
The main thing you are saying in your paper (your thesis), has to be supported. This is where reasons and evidence enter the picture. Kevin is out of quarantine, and the semester is over, but we are still working on our series about the research writing process. Enjoy!
22 minutes | May 12, 2020
The Research Paper, Part 4 - Claims & Theses
At its heart, your paper will boil down to this: a clear, concise two or three sentences which explain your topic, research problem, and (most importantly) the claim you are making. This is a thesis statement, and it will help keep your paper on track. Kevin and Jason break down some of the ins and outs of Theses and sub-claims today.
19 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
The Research Paper, Part 3 - Questions
After finding a topic for your research paper, the next step, aside from gobs and gobs of reading, is to encounter things which cause you to ask questions. Questions, and the need to seek answers to them, will drive your paper further toward completion. That's what Kevin and Jason are talking about on this episode.
17 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
The Research Paper, Part 2 - Subjects & Topics
A research paper cannot get off the ground without a topic, a narrowed focused area of research around which your paper will be based. On this episode, Kevin and Jason talk about the difference between a subject and a topic, and the ways in which a topic for a research paper might be narrowed down. In case you forgot or didn't hear the last episode, this suite of episodes will be our final "season," as it were, so don't miss a moment of it!
32 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
The Research Paper, Part 1 - Prayer & Devotion
How do you write a research paper? What are the steps? In this episode, Kevin and Jason begin a suite of episodes exploring just that. The first and most foundational step for writing a paper in seminary is to pay attention to what the Lord is saying to you. Also, listen carefully; we have some announcing to do.
37 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Last time, we talked about the hazards of a tech-filled life, based on the book Bored and Brilliant. This time, we talk about the book Digital Minimalism, and touch upon our personal experiences in trying to be more technologically responsible.
35 minutes | Jan 13, 2020
The Exciting Potential of Boredom
Boredom is typically seen as something to be avoided at all costs. And we've become pretty good at that, especially through the technology that is all around us. But what if boredom wasn't our enemy, but actually an ally that can recharge us and inspire deeper creativity. On this episode, Kevin and Jason discuss the ideas in the book Bored and Brilliant, and how those ideas can be useful to the seminarian.
22 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
Brainstorming: Not Just a Cliché
When you're having trouble coming up with ideas for projects, papers, or other school-related things, consider the old "Brainstorming" method. Learn all about it on this episode!
32 minutes | Aug 26, 2019
Brian Nutter: The Financial Struggle of a Second-Career Seminarian
Entering seminary and ministry as a second phase of adult life can offer distinct challenges, particularly in the realm of finances. In this episode, Kevin and Jason interview Pastor Brian Nutter, to hear his second-career seminary story. Brian gets candid and talks about the choices he wishes he had and hadn't made, and offers great financial advice to those considering seminary after already having an established career.
52 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
The Value of Biblical Language Study
One of the more challenging aspects of seminary education is biblical languages. They require a huge investment of time and energy, both in the learning and the maintaining. They also offer incredible rewards in biblical interpretation, preaching, and appreciation of the Scriptures, regardless of whether they are a degree requirement or not. In this episode, Kevin and Jason speak to the value of their favorite subjects, Greek and Hebrew. Links to resources highlighted in the episode: For Fred Long's Video, "Why Study NT Greek?": https://grksociety.com/resources/videos/ http://dailydoseofgreek.com/ http://dailydoseofhebrew.com/
40 minutes | Jul 29, 2019
Transient Community: The Hello/Goodbye Cycle of Seminary
In the course of your time at seminary, you will likely forge close relationships with people. You will also most likely have to say goodbye to those people as they and you move on to pursue God's calling. In this episode, Jason shares some recent experience of having to say goodbye, and both Kevin and Jason consider how to best handle seminary relationships in a way that is healthy and God-honoring.
32 minutes | Jul 8, 2019
When our families went on vacation together recently, it wasn't exactly the most relaxing time. But then, what really is the purpose of vacation? On this episode Kevin and Jason discuss the difference between the cliches and realities of vacation, and the ways that interrupting our regular rhythms can help us to keep the proper perspectives.
32 minutes | Jul 1, 2019
Survival Tip: Zotero
Writing a paper is difficult. Especially ensuring that your citations are done correctly. Thankfully, you can use Zotero, a free software, to make your citation process a veritable no-brainer. On this episode, we share the details of how to use Zotero, and how it can help you take your papers to the next level.
35 minutes | Jun 24, 2019
The "Transactions" of Seminary
Seminary involves responsibilities, obstacles, and choices. On this episode, Kevin and Jason explore these realities through an economics-related analogy, transaction costs and opportunity costs. How do we employ our time and energy in ways that achieve results efficiently?
24 minutes | Jun 10, 2019
Textbook Format: Electronic or Paper?
Books are an inescapable feature of seminary; a two-edged sword involving both incredible value and often incredible cost. What format is right for you as you study?
47 minutes | Jun 1, 2019
The Call to Seminary
Going to seminary is a big decision and takes the proper foundation. In this episode, Kevin and Jason talk about calling and how it relates to one's seminary journey.
10 minutes | Apr 16, 2019
Welcome to Surviving Seminary
Welcome to Surviving Seminary. Hosts and seminary veterans Kevin and Jason are here to provide you with helpful advice as you begin or continue your seminary journey.
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