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The Pastor as Scholar, the Scholar as Pastor

Few people have influenced my thinking about the Christian life and ministry more than John Piper and Don Carson. So it was with great interest that I attended an event on April 23, 2009 at Park Community Church in Chicago entitled “The Pastor as Scholar, the Scholar as Pastor.” As a seminary professor called to equip men for gospel ministry, the two messages they delivered proved extremely helpful in thinking through how to be faithful to Christ in my calling. The video of each message is available for free:

John Piper, “The Pastor as Scholar”

D.A. Carson, “The Scholar as Pastor”

These same messages were also published in book form as The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry.

Although none of us will likely have the same kind of ministry of either John Piper or Don Carson. But all of us can learn from their example of laboring to see the gospel advance while having a foot in both the church and the academy.

 

Mondays with Marty

In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther writes about the burden and responsibilities of a preacher:

“453. If I were to write about the burden and responsibilities of a preacher, as I have experienced them, I would scare everyone away from it. For a good preacher must be of such a mind that nothing is dearer to him than Christ and His life; so that when he finally has lost this life, and everything, he knows Christ will say to him: ‘Come here to me, my dear son.’ I hope that He will also speak to me with those words on Judgment Day, for here all speak to me in an unfriendly way. I have the burden of the whole world, the emperor, and the Pope. But since I have been called to this, I must stand my ground and say: ‘What I do is right.’ After I was called, the devil attacked me many times and has tormented me with this argument: ‘You haven’t been called!’ As if I had been made a doctor for nothing.” (pp. 211)

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Mondays with Marty

In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther describes what should be expected of a “doctor of Scripture”:

“46. A doctor of the Scriptures should have complete knowledge and mastery of them, how they are related to each other–the Prophets, for example. Not just a certain part, as one could know Isaiah, not just one portion of the Laws or the Gospel. But now doctors spring from the weeds who do not have a correct understanding of just one passage. Jurists can humble their students, when they boast about their competence. For they have moot court and are able to practice. We, however, because we have no opportunity for exercises, cannot properly hone our students. As a result, it is experience alone that develops the theologian.” (pp. 207-8)

DISCLAIMER: The views reflected in this quote do not necessarily reflect those of the author of this blog. This quote is shared in the interest of edification, education, and/or humor.