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What I Read Online – 04/27/2012 (p.m.)

28 Apr
    • Indeed, as anyone who teaches in our churches can attest, few today know the Ten Commandments (I mean all ten, in proper order), the twelve apostles, the letters of Paul, or even the titles of the books included within the biblical canon. A basic grasp of Bible doctrine is also hard to find today. How many Christians do you know who can articulate what Scripture teaches about our Lord’s two natures, the ministry of the Spirit, or the nature of the church? Even first-year seminarians have trouble with these things.
    • Our churches and our world desperately need pastors to lead and teach theologically.
    • Not all pastors are able to function as big-hitting theologians (serving the church and world at large).
    • the kind of theological leadership that the world so desperately needs is not for everyone engaged in pastoral ministry.
    • All pastors should lead and inform their people theologically.
    • Some pastor-theologians should recognize that God has called, prepared, and equipped them for the serious, sustained, theological leadership of their own congregations, denominations, and the Christian church at large.
    • We will always need schools for the training of ministry leaders.
    • But this does not mean that we will need the very kind of schools we now have.
    • Nor will we always need academic, systematic theologians to do all the heavy theological lifting for God’s people.
    • The knowledge of God is too important to be left to academics.
    • Independent churches shouldn’t run their own seminaries.
    • Pastor-theologians need ministerial sparring partners, people who disagree with them within the bounds of orthodoxy (especially while in training).
    • Theologians are accountable to God and all his people, whether they recognize it or not.
    • The task of the pastor-theologian has been problematized by modern, Western, intellectual history, especially by the dissolution of Christendom and the rise of the modern research university.
    • We need to avoid a Pollyannish view regarding the prospects of the pastor-theologian.
    • We should work toward a day when theological professors view themselves as handmaids serving pastor-theologians (among others), and pastor-theologians play an important public role in guiding people theologically.
    • This shift will require a major restructuring of the current division of labor in our churches and our schools.
    • The spiritual health of the church is worth the effort.

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