Washington Post Reports New Church Growth Strategy: Conservative Doctrine

The best way to grow a church is to hold conservative theology, and preach it. At least that’s what a recent Washington Post article states. David Millard Haskell (professor at Wilfrid Laurier University) just reported his peer-reviewed research on Canadian churches for the Post, and here’s what he found (emphasis mine): Over the last five years, my colleagues [Read More…]

Four Ways Every Pastor Is a Theologian

Every pastor is a theologian. Not just the nerdy ones. Not just the ones with doctorates from well-known schools. Every pastor. In my 2016 message at For the Church, a conference staged by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, I made this case. (See the video above.) As I contended at FTC, biblical texts like 2 Timothy [Read More…]

Kevin Vanhoozer to Give Inaugural Scudder Lectures on Public Theology

I’m excited to announce that Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School will give the inaugural Scudder Lectures on Public Theology on September 22-23, 2016. Dr. Vanhoozer is one of the top theologians of any stripe in the world, and will be lecturing on “The Pastor-Theologian as Minister of the Gospel.” Here is the schedule [Read More…]

5 Things I’m Thankful for as 2015 Ends

Here are five things I’m thankful for as I look back on 2015. 1.      Another strong financial year for CBMW. We are seeking to close out the year strong, but to date, we will surpass last year’s financial intake. This is a tremendous blessing and a sign of God’s unmerited kindness. We are [Read More…]

Should Pastors Feel Pressure to Produce Scholarship?

I’ve enjoyed the lively conversation that has emerged over this question: are pastors scholars? Some of the conversation has engaged the book Kevin Vanhoozer and I recently published, The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision (Baker Academic, August 2015). In the book, Vanhoozer and I make the case that the pastor is the “organic intellectual” [Read More…]

My T4G Breakout on the Pastor-Theologian

My breakout session from the 2014 Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference is now online. It was entitled The Pastor as Public Theologian in an Increasingly Hostile Culture. My session runs around an hour, and covers two major themes: 1) The pastorate is fundamentally a theological office that calls for the pastor to take dominion of [Read More…]

Good News: Vanhoozer Returns to TEDS

Many have now seen the announcement about systematic theologian Kevin J. Vanhoozer returning to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as research professor of systematic theology.  He has served as Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton Graduate School from 2009-11.  Prior to that, Vanhoozer taught at TEDS from 1998-2009. Here is the announcement from TEDS: At the [Read More…]

The Story Is Salvation: Trevin Wax on the Soterian

Trevin Wax has just reviewed Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel and has offered a thorough interaction with this creative book (with a great cover-design, I must say).  After registering a number of agreements with McKnight, Trevin suggests several shortcomings.  One of these involves the way McKnight conceives the story of Scripture.  I’ll quote Wax [Read More…]

Dockery’s Summer Reading List, New Yorker on Mike Huckabee, and Weekly Standard on Tea Parties

A Union University grad kindly sent me David Dockery’s summer 2010 reading list.  It’s listed below (in original order) and will be of help to those of us who enjoy little more than a beach towel and a good read. Let me throw in a couple of quick  comments: the Metaxas book on Bonhoeffer is [Read More…]

The Link 10.24.09: Evangel, Warren Buffett’s Money, and Vanhoozer on Pastor-Theologians

1. First Things is now hosting a cool blog of evangelicals talking about public square issues in an accessible way.  It’s called evangel, and it features folks like Justin Taylor, Russ Moore, and more. 2. A NYT profile of Warren Buffett’s son Howard, who is presently finding ways to spend billions of dollars for philanthropic causes. [Read More…]