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MBTS December Graduation Address: Daniel 3:1-30

My task this morning is a daunting one because my time is so abbreviated. Indeed, I have more verses than I have minutes. Daniel chapter 3 will be the focus of our attention here briefly. We typically think of commencement as being an occasion for the spring. But over these recent years, institutions like ours have also celebrated a Christmas commencement. Every time you think of commencement, you think of final words of address, final words of exhortation, charges given to the graduates before us. Read more


Lord’s Day Meditation: “Whom He Did Predestinate, Them He Also Called” by C. H. Spurgeon

In the second epistle to Timothy, first chapter, and ninth verse, are these words–“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling.” Now, here is a touchstone by which we may try our calling. It is “an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace.” This calling forbids all trust in our own doings, and conducts us to Christ alone for salvation, but it afterwards purges us from dead works to serve the living and true God. Read more


The Primacy of the Master of Divinity Degree

Recently I found myself corresponding with future seminary students about the differences between the Master of Divinity and the shorter Master of Theological Studies degrees. The dialogue, in sum, explored whether the Master of Divinity degree was worth the extra time and expense. I argued, emphatically, that for the typical minister-in-training, the answer is a hearty, “Yes.” Consider with me these ten reasons: Read more