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Foundations for Learning

How should students entering or contemplating entering seminary prepare themselves for the academic rigor, intellectual challenges, spiritual demands, and embodied claims that they will face in seminary?

Titles in the Foundations for Learning series are intended for first-year seminary students or those who are considering seminary education. The books in the series share practical advice that will give students the vital skills, practices, and values needed to succeed in seminary. 

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New subscribers to the Foundations for Learning series receive 35% off the retail price of each forthcoming volume. Each volume will be shipped at the time of publication and billed at your discount level (shipping additional). You may return any book you do not wish to keep within sixty (60) days to receive full credit. 


Exploring the Bible
Eric D. Barreto (Editor), Michael J. Chan (Editor)
Release date: August 1, 2016

In Exploring the Bible, preseminarians and other students about to begin training in ministry join scholars Eric D. Barreto and Michael J. Chan on a journey through Scripture. More than simply a practical guide to reading the Bible, this book will help readers claim their unique interpretive perspective. Barreto and Chan invite us to bring our full, authentic selves to a text that will affirm and challenge us, confirm and transform us, delight and concern us. There, God speaks, and we can hear God’s word in a new way. 

Eric D. Barreto (Editor)
Release date: April 1, 2015

In a collection of brief, readable essays, this volume emphasizes the vital skills, practices, and values involved in writing theologically. That is, how might students prepare themselves to communicate effectively, creatively, and beautifully, the insights they gather during their time in seminary?

Eric D. Barreto (Editor)
Release date: January 1, 2015

Thinking theologically is not just a cerebral matter; thinking theologically invokes an embodied set of practices and values that shape individuals and communities alike. In a collection of brief, readable essays, this edited volume?as part of the Foundations for Learning series?emphasizes the vital skills, practice, and values involved in thinking theologically.

Derek Cooper (Author)
Release date: December 1, 2014

Derek Cooper invites readers to consider the purpose and significance of church history in the lives of individuals and communities today. Cooper brings history to life by emphasizing how past events, individuals, and movements shape how we understand the world around us.

Release date: December 1, 2014

The authors share their wisdom with seminarians and other readers seeking to deepen theological reflection and expand skills as ministry practitioners. This book is a companion journal for pilgrims on the way to becoming confident practitioners of ministry.