Seminary and Pastoral Character Formation (Miller)

 I'm convinced that face-to-face seminary training is a highly valuable part of the path to gospel ministry.  And of course rigorous studies are a very important part of seminary training.  Future pastors need to know the languages, systematic theology, church history, homiletics, and so forth.  But there is more to seminary than just increasing head… Continue reading Seminary and Pastoral Character Formation (Miller)

Wisdom, Ignorance, Knowledge, Seminary

Around six months ago I wrote a short review of this book: Excellence: The Character of God and the Puruit of Scholarly Virtue by Andreas Kostenberger.  To summarize that review, I really liked the book and recommend it.  As I was paging through it again recently, I found this section that I had marked up. … Continue reading Wisdom, Ignorance, Knowledge, Seminary

Scholarship, Excellence, Holiness

 Here are two great paragraphs from Kostenberger's book, Excellence. "The pursuit of holiness on the part of the Christian scholar, I contend, of necessity ought to result in a pursuit of excellence.  As Christians who have been set apart for God's use and called to the vocation of scholarship, we do not engage in our research… Continue reading Scholarship, Excellence, Holiness

Scholarship, Studies, Academia, and Christian Virtue

   This is one book all Christian seminary students, professors, scholars, and teachers should read: Excellence by Andreas Kostenberger.  In this book, Kostenberger basically brings Christian virtue to bear in the areas of academia and scholarly study.  In other words, he argues from a biblical perspective that Christian scholars should display the fruit of the Spirit in… Continue reading Scholarship, Studies, Academia, and Christian Virtue

Jack Rabbits and Ping-Pong

 I'm surprised how many times I hear people speak negatively about a pastor's seminary education - as if knowledge is deadly to the soul (or ignorance is bliss).  Of course, this sentiment is a common American one that goes way back to the early frontier days of circuit preachers.  Billy Sunday even said, "I don't know… Continue reading Jack Rabbits and Ping-Pong