Planting Seeds

I grew up on a fifty-acre hog farm where we grew most of our own corn. If you travel in farm country, you will see signs advertising what seed and even “test seed” has been planted in that field.

Calvin Theological Seminary is in the ministry of planting seeds.

A “seminary” is a school specializing in theological training especially for those entering into pastoral ministry. The word “seminary” is near the term for “seed,” coming from the Latin term seminarium or “plant nursery.” Good seminaries plant seeds in people and enrich the Church with the “seeds” of scholarship and instruction.

This past semester, I, along with Rev. Peter Choi, have been planting seeds in a class titled “Leadership in Ministry.” It has been gratifying to hear that some of our words and insights are being taken up by students in the class.  Click here to look into the classroom

One venue where a number of seeds were planted was at the recent conference titled “A Missional Reading of Scripture” hosted by Calvin Seminary. Around 700 persons participated in this gathering making it the largest Calvin Seminary conference since the late 1980’s. (Don’t forget to register for the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship Symposium held in late January.) Click here to register

In order to distribute more seeds, you can access the conference audio files, as well as a video of the public lecture by N.T. Wright, by clicking on this link


As we are in this Advent season, we are again thankful for the “seeds” that have been invested in Calvin Theological Seminary. We are grateful for the gifts that have shaped and continue to shape us. We are also ultimately formed by the gift of grace that transforms lives and communities worldwide.



As we again remember the gift of Jesus Christ for us in this Advent season, we long for the return of Jesus Christ. We give thanks for His blessings on us – day by day!

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” John 15:16a



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