I spoke recently with a reporter from the local paper The Indianapolis Recorder about pastoral qualifications. The article that resulted has now appeared, and I am quoted quite a bit in it, saying things like this:
Those who say the Bible is important to them, very often don’t actually read the things that scholars within their own denomination have written about the Bible. We cultivate in many of our churches a strong instinct to respond with ‘amen,’ oftentimes because we have been moved by what has been said. Those two don’t have to be at odds with one another. You can allow yourself to be inspired, but also practice critical thinking, caution and discernment.
Click through to read the whole thing, if you’re so inclined.