The World Needs Pastors

David Brooks just wrote an eloquent New York Times column entitled “The Art of Presence” on helping friends through suffering. Referencing a Christian family named the Woodiwisses who have experienced multiple tragedies, Brooks says the following is what such sufferers need in tough times: I’d say that what these experiences call for is a sort of [Read More...]

Two Good Books by Young Evangelical Dudes

One of the most encouraging things that we get to see as believers is the emergence of faithful younger voices. I guess I should note that I’m not, uh, old, but still, I’ve been encouraged by the recent release of two books written by talented and faithful young men. The first is called Reformational Manhood: Creating [Read More...]

Interview with Eugene Peterson on Reading Rich Literature

Recently in Manhattan I had the opportunity to sit down with venerable pastor and author Eugene Peterson and interview him.  Peterson has championed a rich reading life on the part of pastors over the years, and I had the chance to talk with him about how to cultivate such a life.  Not everyone will agree [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...]

Kevin DeYoung Speaks Wisely About Celebrity Pastors

Kevin DeYoung has just posted a manifestly helpful piece on the hot-potato topic of “celebrity pastors.”  I commend it to you; it’s full of wisdom and good theological thinking. Here’s a snatch: Give glory to God for his gifts wherever you find them.This entails three things: 1) We must always remember—and not just give lip [Read More...]

Dancing in Minefields, Salvation Through Judgment, and the Immortal “Dad Life” Video

Check out a new video from the new Andrew Petersen album: “Dancing in the Minefields.”  Love the song, and especially the backing chorus.  (HT:JT) ************** Have you heard about the new biblical theology by Jim Hamilton coming in November?  It looks like necessary reading.  Hamilton works book by book through the Bible examining the theme [Read More...]

Upcoming: John Piper and Don Carson on Pastors and Scholars

In just two weeks, on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Park Community Church in Chicago, IL, the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School will host an evening of free lectures and discussion with Dr. John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church and Dr. D. A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical [Read More...]

David Jackman on Preaching That Connects

From the just-published Trinity Journal come from wise words of expert preacher David Jackman of the U. K.’s Proclamation Trust: “Counteract the particular distortions of our present cultural context by refuting them biblically.  That is to say that we must read the newspaper as well as the Scriptures.  We should be people who know and [Read More...]


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