I completed Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson excellent (and encouraging) volume The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision about six months ago. If you are a pastor, I strongly recommend that you acquire and read this book. Below are my favorite quotes. Pastors are the Theologians of the Church: Despite assumptions to the contrary, the pastoral … Continue reading 9 Quotes from ‘The Pastor-Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision’ by Hiestand and Wilson
As a pastor, I make theological reading a priority. The truth contained in these books informs my teaching and writing, undergirds and permeates my counseling, and enables me to discern harmful doctrinal trends that may be influencing my people and the greater church. Earlier this year I read The Holy Trinity by Robert Letham and Inerrancy … Continue reading The Importance of Devotional Reading for Pastors and Theologians
A few years ago I made my way through John Frame's excellent book on theological method, The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. It was helpful in many ways. In particular is Frame's section on "cognitive rest" and how genuine growth in our knowledge of God comes by way of spiritual maturity and growth in sanctification. … Continue reading Spiritual Maturity and Doctrinal Debate
Nuance is a word Christian lay people and theologians alike should cherish. A nuance is defined as a "subtle distinction or variation." In theology, nuances usually develop from a need to better clarify a particular teaching and often carry significant doctrinal weight. For example, take the doctrine of justification. We would be correct in stating … Continue reading Nuance
I am currently reading New Testament Exegesis by Gordan Fee for my Greek Exegesis class. As I was perusing the section about the use of commentaries and secondary resources, I found a paragraph that was extremely helpful to me; not only in writing exegetical papers, but for writing in general and for verbal communication as … Continue reading Before You Can Say, 'I Disagree,' You Must Be Able To Say, 'I Understand'