Is Gender Dysphoria a Moral Matter? On My ETS Presentation Next Week

This is a blistering and fun season for many evangelical scholars. It’s ETS time. Next week, the Evangelical Theological Society meets in San Antonio, Texas (Alamo at right) for its annual conference. I’ve been thankful to be a member of ETS for some time, and I’ll present this year on three separate topics. All three [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…]

Doing Ministry with a Shelby Cobra Mustang Engine (Like Piper & Carson)

I just did an interview with Christ the Center, a podcast produced by the Reformed Forum, which is associated with Westminster Theological Seminary.  This is a high-powered theological podcast that has hosted such important discussions as the recent debate among Presbyterian theologians over justification and union with Christ (with Michael Horton and Lane Tipton) and [Read More…]

Ed Stetzer on DeYoung/Gilbert: Are Pastors Qualified to Speak on Theology of Mission?

The pastor-theologian is a subject of great interest to me, as my introduction to the book The Pastor as Scholar, the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry (Crossway, 2011) by John Piper and D. A. Carson  shows.  Because of this, my ears perked when, in the recent debate over the mission of the [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…]