Life at Seminary: Inspiration and Advice

Seminary_Scholarship_WinnersDallas Theological Seminary student Jason Roszhart was the recent winner of the quarterly Seminary Scholarship: $1,000 and a Logos 5 Bronze base package!

Because all Dallas Theological Seminary students receive a Logos base package upon enrollment, Jason asked if he could pass along his base package to another deserving recipient. He selected his close friend of six years, Kyle Lundquist, a student at Talbot School of Theology, the seminary of Biola University.

Jason, who currently works as a youth pastor, is pursuing his master’s in theology. Kyle is in his third semester of an MDiv; he works at his local church as a youth and young-adult pastor. We recently had the opportunity to talk with Jason and Kyle about life at seminary:

What inspired you to attend seminary?

Jason: My youth pastor was a DTS graduate, and he really showed the value of studying and understanding Scripture. Later on, Kyle and I spent four and a half months in India doing ministry work. There I met a lot of people who would love the opportunity to go to seminary.  Seeing that made me aware of what an opportune time this is in my life to learn about God’s Word in order that I might further His kingdom.  So many people in India asked us to share our testimonies, so to learn how to do that more effectively is important to me.

What do you hope to do after seminary?

Jason: I hope to be involved in international missions. Transportation and communication have been transformed by globalization, so why not use the benefits of globalization to share the gospel?

Kyle: I want to be working in church leadership for the rest of my life. To be part of a place that fosters community and relationship building. I’m currently working as a youth and young-adult pastor at my church, and it’s awesome to be working with an age group that’s so naturally inquisitive. They’re asking questions and starting to figure out the big reasons behind their faith. Being part of a community that can help answer those questions has been a huge blessing.

What’s your favorite part of seminary?

Jason: The conversations that happen after class, both with peers and with professors. You hear that lecture that stirs you up and makes you think about your faith and God in completely new ways. Then you talk about it. It’s awesome to be surrounded by godly people who also want to digest God’s Word and think biblically.

Kyle: Seminary has changed my life. Simply knowing God has changed my life, but seminary has made me in awe of Him in so many new ways.

What advice do you have to give to anyone interested in attending seminary?

Jason: Obviously, you don’t have to go to seminary to be a Christian. But there is a higher level of study and knowledge in the Bible that needs to be learned in order for it to pass down through generations. Listen to whether you’re being called to do this—to learn and communicate the intricate details and lessons the Bible gives us. Ask yourself if you feel called to church leadership.

Kyle: Be sure to get plugged into the local church. It’s easy to throw all your time and effort into your studies and the intellectual side of seminary, but everything you learn is to ultimately build Christ’s kingdom. And that happens through the relational side. Being involved in my local church makes seminary so much more real and directly applicable. I go to class and study the texts and I automatically see lessons that I want to communicate with the people I pastor.

Any final remarks?

Jason: I feel extremely blessed to be at Dallas Theological Seminary and to be able to utilize Logos resources. However, the sufficiency found in Christ and His willingness to come down to Earth to save us is infinitely better. How wonderful it is to serve a God who blesses us with all of these gifts.

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Current Bible college and seminary students: enter to win the next scholarship! The deadline is January 10, in just a few days. Entering is easy—just watch a 70-second Logos demo video and fill out a short application. You’ll be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship, plus a base package worth over $8,000 in print.

It’s that simple—enter to win today!

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One Response to “Life at Seminary: Inspiration and Advice”

  1. Jeffrey Roszhart January 28, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    That’s awesome Jason! :) Sure am proud of you

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