What Do Evangelical Professors Do, Anyway?

I have a suggestion for a fun question you could throw out at your annual Christmas party. “Professors,” you could say vaguely. “What is it they do, anyway?” You’ll likely get a bunch of answers, many of them expressing confusion. Some will voice skepticism–the professorate is an escape from real life. Thinking, after all, is [Read More...]

The Pastor in the Public Square: An April 2014 T4G Course

On April 7-10, 2014, I’ll be teaching the Together for the Gospel conference course entitled “The Pastor in the Public Square.” In addition to my lectures, I’m excited to announce three features of this really fun course! (Registration info below) 1) SBTS President Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. has agreed to give a special lecture on “The [Read More...]

Evangelicalism is Not Declining: A Response to John Dickerson’s NYT Essay

A young evangelical pastor named John Dickerson just released a head turner of an essay in the New York Times, with the Wall Street Journal America’s paper of record. Wielder of a sharp pen and possessor of a passionate heart, Dickerson is senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Prescott, Arizona. He is a graduate of [Read More...]

“I Wouldn’t Think So Much of the Gathering:” Engaging Francis Chan on the Church

Francis Chan offered some surprising thoughts at the Verge 2012 conference recently.  Speaking on the church gathering, he said the following at the conference in Austin: If I just read the Scriptures, I wouldn’t even think so much of the gathering.  You know–Like, my first thought wouldn’t be, “Let’s have a gathering.”  Out of the [Read More...]

Pastors/Planters, Drink from the Well of Theology

A fantastic word on the incredible value of reading theology by my friend, pastor Gerald Hiestand: The expectations and demands of your congregation will almost certainly push you away from study and writing. So if you’re going to get after it, you are going to have to make it a priority in your schedule. I’ve [Read More...]

Gerald Hiestand on Becoming a Pastor-Theologian By Theological Reading

Really enjoyed this piece from my SAET colleague, Gerald Hiestand.  This point, on reading theology regularly in the midst of pastoral work, caught my eye: Make your study time a priority in your weekly schedule. The expectations and demands of your congregation will almost certainly push you away from study and writing. So if you’re going [Read More...]

John Piper, Don Carson, and Transformed Pastors and Scholars

There’s a great deal of interest right now in what some have called the pastor-theologian and theologian-pastor movement.  John Piper and D. A. Carson are two of the more prominent faces of each of these enhanced ministerial vocations.  I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dustin Neeley of Church Planting for the Rest [Read More...]


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