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Berea Bible Institute & Seminary

BBIS was founded by Dr. Ron Phillips and Dr. Alan Johnston out of their shared burden for a system whereby laity, preachers, missionaries, evangelists and those called into a Christian vocation could receive a quality Bible school education without being disruptive to the demands of their families and careers. Our goal has always been balance-we believe that doctrinal soundness is vital, and we also believe that the Holy Spirit is still operating today. We believe that scholarship is spiritual. We also believe that an abiding, conversational relationship with God is necessary. Berea is for those who seek a sound Bible based education, whether for personal or professional, or career advancement.

Five Reasons to Take Challenging Courses

Taking high school courses that challenge you is important for your future. Here are five reasons to take challenging courses.


Work Without Worrying: Learn to Love Learning

So how do we study and learn without worrying? We do it by learning to love the process of learning—the discovery of new things, the challenge, the growth in understanding that only comes from spending focused time on our course work. Live fully in the moments of your study. When you do, you’ll find your anxiety about the outcome start to fade. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (NASB). 


Work and Recreation Matter to God

One semester a couple of friends and I set aside Saturday mornings to study together for a big exam. The exam was divided into six sections, so we prepared for about three months, taking a chunk each Saturday. We’d work hard, and then to unwind I’d head to the Berkeley Marina for some windsurfing. This exhilarating hobby exhausted me physically, but it was just the refreshment I needed after all that time in the library.


How to Break the Ice with Your New College Roommate

One of the most unnerving aspects of college is meeting the person with whom you will be sharing a small dorm space. You probably have a million concerns and questions about meeting your new roommate. Will she like me? What will we talk about? What if we don't have anything in common? Fear not. This first-time meeting doesn't have to be as awkward as what you are picturing in your head. Here are some suggestions on how to break the ice with your new college roommate.