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Western Seminary Review: Foundations

by Mark Lauterbach
(San Diego)

I attended Western a long time ago (late 70's). I did an MDiv in Missions and a ThM in Old Testament. Looking back I can say that it laid foundations for my 35 years of ministry.

Of greatest significance was the training to be a faithful exegete of Scripture and to allow the Word to be the final authority for my life. This has taken me down a road of changes in my views on eschatology, but I did so through study of the Word leading the way.

Western also imparted a doctrinal framework. It was not merely the classes that shaped me, but also the interaction of the profs with various issues of the day. I saw men being careful with the Scriptures, debating, and even disagreeing with each other.

Most of the tools I have used in the ministry of the Word were gained at Western. I did not expect seminary to be "practical" -- I wanted it to be give me disciplines and skills that I would use for years while learning the practice of ministry.

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