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The pastor is first and foremost a theologian.
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I wish that I had understood this more clearly when I began my ministry as a pastor. While never "not consciously there" it did only really become abundantly clear only during the last third of my time in ministry.
I believe that in large part an absence of sound theology in preaching is why there is so much syncretism and outright poor theological thinking in the pews in our day.
Excellent article. I think it also needs to be tackled from the other end. The definition of what is a theologian also needs to change. People like James Denney would say (in my words) that if I can't preach it,is it true and do I really understand it? The call of a preacher is a theological calling. I also wonder what this 'pastor as theologian' movement says about those pastors who feel that they do not have the calling or gift as 'theologian' or preacher.
Count me in on this movement. Thanks for the vision.
Great article, something I've been challenged with recently. I just read the book, "Love your God with All Your Mind: The role of reason in the life of the soul" by JP Morgan. It challenged me to think about going deeper than simple practical applications alone. Ouch! Thanks for writing. Thanks for challenging me. Also loved the poem about the title Doctor. When people ask me if they are supposed to call me doctor, I simply say, "The only people I ask to call me doctor, are my kids." LOL
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