I recently stumbled upon a great site that I think will help many of you who want to improve your theological writing ability. Westminster Seminary offers a great resource on their website that helps people hone their writing skills. The “Center for Theological Writing” is a fairly comprehensive resource that helps to “equip[...] students of theology with the tools to write clearly, correctly, cogently, and profoundly (John Frame,The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God).”
I’ve found as I’ve gone through this website that some of the suggestions are short and don’t give a whole lot of information, but others are very comprehensive in explaining how to write. In seminary, there are various types of courses and most of them require a specific style of writing. Personally, I’m better at writing devotional and argumentative type papers, but other classes require just research. I have found that I didn’t know where to begin in some cases. The site has been a starting point to help me know in what direction to go when writing a certain type of paper and what its boundaries are.
Some of the areas that you might benefit from are:
- Writing for Apologetic Papers
- Writing for Systematic Papers
- Writing for Biblical Studies
- Writing for Church History
- Writing for Practical Theology
Writing is not my best skill, but little by little it is possible to improve in this area. Is it too late to teach an old dog new tricks? As I’ve heard it said, “It’s not too late, because we are not dogs.” I want to encourage you to take a look through the website and utilize the resources it offers. Also, take a look at the other resources that WTS offers in this section of their site.
“the church and the world need those who can articulate the gospel faithfully, bringing it to bear upon the issues of life with insight, clarity, and truthfulness (cf. Rom 10:14).”
Jay Adams is the author of Competent to Counsel, The Christian Counselor’s Manual, Theology of Christian Counseling, and over 120 other books dealing with Biblical Counseling, preaching, theology, and pastoral ministry. This podcast is a compilation of radio programs that Dr. Adams recorded a few years ago. Each episode addresses a number of counseling issues. Each message is about eight minutes long and you can either listen to them on their website, or download them through iTunes onto your computer, iphod, iphone, or other mp3 player.
Normally the website only posts about 5 or 6 episodes at a time, so if you want to add them to your library, you will need to check back regularly to download it.
Below are three options for accessing these resources
Below are a few of the most popular books by Dr. Adams
Brian Auten, director of Reasonable Faith, reads through his short book Read Along with Apologetics315 about Logical Fallacies (based on the book Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith by Douglas Groothuis) in audio format. Auten goes through 67 various logical fallacies that Christians might face while engaging in debate or in making a defense for the gospel. Each explanation is around one to two minutes long and is formatted for easy mental digestion:
- Name of the fallacy
- Definition of the fallacy
- One or two examples of the fallacy
- Proof of the fallacy to show how to identify and maneuver around it.
This short, but powerful, website can be helpful for students of logic of every caliber, whether you are learning the art of logic for the first time, or need a reminder of terms to keep your mental sword sharp.
Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:15, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”. Part of being prepared is knowing how people twist the truth and create arguments against the true Word of God. Believers must be equip to “… destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (1Cor 10:5).
You can find out more about the website at: www.apologetics315.blogspot.com
The feedburner feed can be located at and can also be found in the iTunes store for download: http://feeds.feedburner.com/LogicalFallacies