By the mercy of God

In his book Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God, Vern Poythress discusses reading the Scripture from three perspectives: the normative, the situational, and the existential. He recommends this way of approaching the Bible for a number of reasons, but the...

Wisdom Grants Perspective

“If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem be against us, we do not believe Him at all.” -Charles Spurgeon Circumstances have a way of caging our spirit with fear, despair, and self-pity. How are we to gain an eternal perspective concerning the...

“Sir, we would see Jesus.”

I’ve always been vaguely puzzled by John 12:20-26. Here Jesus has come to Jerusalem in triumphal entry and is preparing for the feast of Passover. Some Greeks approach Phillip and make this request: “Sir, we wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21). Phillip...

The Fruit of Study

Last week our students wrapped up all classes for the year. Now they’ve entered their practicum, preparing to serve and lead this summer. I was able to have a little pep-talk with them last week, on the last day that I served as their instructor for this year....

Reading The Whole Thing

As a Bible teacher, I often find that Christians are totally mystified when it comes to reading the Old Testament. We know how to read the New Testament– that’s about Jesus and the church, so we’re on pretty solid footing there– but the Old? Battles,...

Faithful Prayer

One of the ways I tell our students they can get more out of their Bible reading is to notice the strange and unusual. When you look at a text, what seems like it shouldn’t be there? What doesn’t fit? Who is the odd man out? Many of us who have grown up...

Letter from the Director

As summer approaches, the students in the School of Discipleship are finishing up their classes and preparing for the arrival of summer camp. Since the beginning of the year, the Bible classes have offered them the opportunity to examine the foundation of their faith...

Student Survey

Dear friends, We are so grateful here at the School of Discipleship for the years of ministry and service that the Lord has given us, and by his grace we look forward to many more. You all have been a part of that service over the years, and we’re grateful for your...

Update from the Dean – October 2015

Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us that “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Thy Faithfulness.” We marvel at God’s faithfulness as we once again celebrated the graduation of the 2014/2015...

Dean’s Update – Summer 2015

The School of Discipleship was created over 30 years ago to provide an opportunity for young men and women to strengthen their faith, develop Christ-like character and acquire the leadership skills necessary to impact the world for Christ. While the apprenticeship...