|ˈsem.ɪ.nɔɪd | n.
A “seminoid” is jargon for someone who is obsessed with theological studies. At seminary, calling someone a seminoid was a good natured poke at the poor single guys who were so focussed on seminary studies that they didn’t notice the pretty girls studying next to them in the library.
Café Seminoid is a place for us to hang out, loosen our ties, and enjoy relaxed, theological banter, as well as learn a few things from seminary vets who have tackled Greek and lived to tell about it. Some of us will never actually go to seminary, but our seminary is wherever a café serves a good cappuccino and lets us use their wi-fi.
?Why Do We Exist?
How metaphysical. With questions like that, you’ll fit right in here.
Our raison d’etre is to inspire the aspiring.
“If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do” (1 Tim 3:1).
We want to encourage men and women who sense that magnetic pull on their lives toward various types of teaching ministry. Our special focus is men who aspire to become elders, whether lay or fulltime.
And by “inspire” we do not mean “Chicken Soup for the Seminoid Soul.” We supply practical advice, useful material, and focussed equipping for the teaching ministry. And yes, a side serving of soul soup testimonies of seminary survivors never hurt anyone.
?What Can You Expect From Us?
We don’t mess around with theology. We reserve the right to throw out anyone who tries to get us to cross over to the dark side. That includes sith lords, emergents, liberals, and slippery, sneaky types who say their evangelical but deny the gospel. We’ll answer anyone’s honest questions about anything, but we won’t let error get a pulpit (Titus 3:10). The problem with divisiveness is it lingers like pungent BO, long after the offender has been shown the door.
Friends After the Game.
This isn’t a caustic crew. We get passionate and gesticulate wildly while we type. But it’s all in good humor. We always shake hands after the game. We want you to leave the Café feeling inspired to read, study, debate, create, write, and preach.
SWAG is Stuff We All Get.
The best things in life are clichéd. And free. We highly value that with no cost. We’ll scrounge around in cyber dumpsters for free seminary syllabi or course material, book reviews, and sermon manuscripts (check out what we have so far). We’ll shamelessly beg on behalf of hungry seminoids who need scholarships for seminary tuition. Promotional resources like eBooks (all the rage this decade) will be offered to loyal subscribers, commenters, and other genial types.
Plus Hillcrest Baptist Church has provided a convenient portal to their vault of free audio expository sermons from their pulpit. Anything to help your preaching and teaching.
Council of Counsel.
If you’ve got something to share, please let us know. This isn’t a council of illuminati who have it all figured out. We’re always working on adding good content and making resources available to our subscribers. If you have a syllabus, ebook, sermon, or guest blog post you want to share, just mail a request to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.