The Importance of Devotional Reading for Pastors and Theologians

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

Nuance

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

Before You Can Say, 'I Disagree,' You Must Be Able To Say, 'I Understand'

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'

Why Do You Study Theology? Thoughts from Packer's 'Knowing God'

I recently started Knowing God by J.I. Packer. I had previously heard many encouraging things about this book from Christians of all ages (as it is, of course, a book that can be considered a true contemporary classic), but it wasn't until just recently that I started reading it. What's more, it seemed that when someone would ask whether or not I had … Continue reading Why Do You Study Theology? Thoughts from Packer's 'Knowing God'