Pastors and Education

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.

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  • It’s an excellent article. Your perspective as an educator expanded its topic very nicely. (It would have been a bland essay without it.) How easy it is not to think of being called by God as a one way street. Pastor and people walking together, intellectually inspired on the same page of the bible.

  • The article makes me wish there was more education on the pastoral epistles vs genuine Pauline epistles. Good quotes from you though.