Input from Pastors

EXPERT FEEDBACK ON STEVE’S NEW E-BOOK
21 CENTURY COMMENTING ON COMMENTARIES

“Steve Martin has provided an invaluable reference for pastors and Christian leaders who understand the value of good books. Encompassing works on biblical backgrounds, hermeneutics and theology as well as commentaries on every book in the Bible, “21st Century Commenting on Commentaries” contains a wealth of information. Major works from the evangelical, reformed world cited with brief descriptions and rankings as to how difficult they are to read. Martin has served us well by making his experienced evaluations and recommendations available in book form.”

–Dr. Tom Ascol, Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida and leader of the FOUNDERS MINISTRIES in the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Affirmation at G.A.C.B

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COMMENTS ON THE “BIBLICAL PARENTS & PARENTING” SEMINAR:

“I would like to personally encourage churches at large to have and host Steve Martin’s “BIBLICAL PARENTS & PARENTING SEMINAR.” Our church recently invited Steve to lead us in this conference for a Friday thru Sunday weekend – and the collective response of our congregation as a whole was one of deep encouragement and sobering conviction.

In six sessions, Steve covers everything from biblical manhood and womanhood to the differing stages of child raising, and all the biblical principles applied in how Christian parents should wisely and lovingly bring their children up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

The Scriptures tell us that “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Prov.25:11) – meaning that a timely and seasonly word is something of great beauty.

Steve’s biblical content, the way he presents it and applies it, chalk full of both wisdom and wit, with numerous apt illustrations; was for our church, a timely word indeed – a thing of real redemptive beauty. Hence, I could not commend a more effective conference for the Christian Marriage and Family.”
PASTOR KURT SMITH;
SOVEREIGN GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
LENOX, GEORGIA

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WHAT PAST LOG COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE SAID:

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PASTOR THOMAS WATERS
EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH
JESUP, GEORGIA

“As we know, at the heart of the Reformation was the creed, ‘The Church Reformed and Always Reforming According to the Word of God’.  This is a valuable personal motto also as Pastors should be men committed to learning and growing in the knowledge of Christ and in holiness.

The Apostle Paul was a such man.  He was in perpetual pursuit of growing in the knowledge of Christ unto holiness. Paul told the Philippians,
‘Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.  Only let us hold true to what we have attained.’  (Philippians 3:12–16).

When awaiting execution in a cold, damp prison cell, Paul asked Timothy, ‘When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.’  (2 Timothy 4:13). Although trained as a young man, called and commissioned by Christ as a Apostle and minister of the glorious gospel, Paul was a lifelong student.

When I began the Log College, I had been in the full-time ministry as a Pastor for more than twenty years.  Yet after so many years of study, preaching, counseling and shepherding, I still felt at times as a novice.  At the time, I was somewhat isolated as I served alone as a singular Elder in a congregation and had limited fellowship with other men committed to Reformed Theology.

After learning about the Log College and meeting with Steve and hearing about the curriculum, I decided to make a weekly trek of about five hundred miles to attend classes.  The drive was long, the work demanding, but the rewards were many and rich.  To this day, I have a network of brothers in Christ I met at the Log College.  In addition, I have a body of work that I compiled while being a student.  In addition to the knowledge, fellowship, spiritual growth and encouragement I gained, God also blessed me with a dear friend and storehouse of information, Steve Martin.

Whether considering entering the ministry, or a seasoned veteran, I enthusiastically endorse and recommend the Log College.  Semper Reformanda!”

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PASTOR KURT SMITH SOVEREIGN GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
LENOX, GEORGIA

“I attended the Log College from 199-2002. What I gleaned from the course of studies I was engaged in was not only more mental files to increase my theological knowledge but an enlarged heart of love and passion towards God, my family, the church, and my own personal holiness. To put it in the words of our instructor, Steve Martin, I learned how to be an “experiental Calvinist” as opposed to an “armchair Calvinist”.  This kind of learning was huge for my sanctification!  The Log College showed me that having sound doctrine should always lead to have a holy life. Otherwise, our “orthodoxy” is dead!

Moreover, with sound doctrine and a holy life, the Log College also taught me the cherished biblical principle of being a “faithful steward” (1st Corinthians 4:1-2). For me, as a pastor, this principle and conviction has proven monumental in the past nine years. As I have pondered so many times where my faithfulness to Christ and His Gospel have been tested in the pastoral ministry, I am so grateful for the training I received in the Log College that prepared me to be a man of God who will persevere under the most trying circumstances, holding fast the faithful Word, in spite of how tempting it has been to give up and give in to carnal solutions.

It is with great pleasure and privilege therefore that I commend to you the ministerial training of the Log College under the direction and teaching of my dear friend and mentor, Steve Martin. I can honestly say that had it not been for this school, I would not have been ready and enabled to serve our Lord and His Church in the Coastal Plains of Georgia.”
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PASTOR BRANDON SMITH
TRINITY REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH
JACKSON, GEORGIA

“Transition in life often arrives with uncertainty and confusion. Soon after recognizing the importance of the Doctrines of Grace I began to question my views of church ministry. As change ensued the Lord used a close pastor friend and the Log College to deter uncertainty and confusion. I grew to see the importance of the doctrine of the church like I had never seen before. The need for biblical preaching in the church captivated my mind. I became keenly aware of the lack of pastoral shepherding in the local body of Christ. I was encouraged in church planting for the right reasons and from a biblical basis, all the while learning from within the context of the local church. Providentially, the Lord used the Log College to encourage and sustain biblical clarity during a great time of transition in my life.”
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CLINT KELLEY
LOG COLLEGE GRADUATE
TRINITY REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH
JACKSON, GEORGIA

I commend to you THE LOG COLLEGE for the following reasons:

LOCAL CHURCH FOCUSED:
You don’t have to leave your local church to be trained for the gospel ministry. Elijah trained Elisha and Paul trained Timothy. When training is closely related to our life situation, there is much greater application–sometimes immediate.

FLEXIBLE:
THE LOG COLLEGE, unlike some seminaries. provided a great deal of flexibility for me and my family. Life does not always roll along smoothly. Difficulties, job changes, health issues, additions and subtractions to the family all make our lives complicated. Steve Martin and my fellow students were able to work around my changes and enable me to finish my training.

EXPERIENTIAL CALVINISM:
I eagerly looked forward to the times we met. Listening to lectures, reading through articles, devotional times and personal conversations were all part of the training. There were times when I did not want to leave because of the presence of the Lord in the room. (“Experiential Calvinism” means that you experience the power of the truth and not just stop at the notional level. Christ is studied to be known, loved and worshiped.)

THE BOOKS:
I am not titling this part lightly. When I say books, I mean books–lots and lots of books. Cumberland Valley Bible Book Service does not employ Steve for nothing! Whatever the subject, the required books for each course in THE LOG COLLEGE are the best of the best in their respective field of study. Books are an integral part of our calling as ministers of the Word. As long as I have my library, these books shall be my friends and tools.

MY FAVORITE COURSES:
The course on Anthropology (The Doctrine of Mankind) and Hamartiology (The Doctrine of Sin) gave me greater understanding of “Who am I?”, “What impact did Adam have on all creation by his sin?”, “What is my condition?”, and “What are the implications of these questions upon all of creation?”. The textbooks were excellent.
The course on The Gospels left an indelible impression upon me as well. In writing out a detailed outline of all four gospels, I was able to see the flow of thought, grasp geographical and literary structures, and the aim of each author. Again the textbooks were superb.
The Puritan and Modern Periods of Church History showed me the context in which spiritual giants grew. These men, though dead,
spoke to me about things I desperately needed to hear.

CONCLUSION:
I can honestly say that one of the greatest means the Lord has used in my pursuit of holiness and my calling to the ministry has been THE LOG COLLEGE. It has had a profound influence on my family life too (yes, there is a course on CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE).
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