The Media Product of the Pastor-Theologian (Theological Writing, or Faithful Congregation?)

Theologian = Writer. That is often how we understand vocational theology. We equate theologians with academic writing. The fruit of theology is a book. And certainly, those of us doing theology and biblical studies within academic domains are required to write. Everyone in every job has to demonstrate some evidence of “output.” What do theologians…

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The Pastor-Theologian and the Small Church

What is the best ecclesial context for doing theology as a “pastor-theologian”: a mega church or a small church? This is the question of my previous post, and I take up on those thoughts here focusing on the small church context… Theology in the Small Church The vocational model of “pastor-theologian” sounds a bit too…

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The Ideal Context for a Pastor-Theologian: Small Church or Mega Church?

In light of the previous post, “Will the Job Market Drive PhD Graduates into the Pulpit?“, I just wanted to think aloud with any interested readers on the ideal ecclesial setting for the vocational model of a “pastor-theologian.” For more on how I am envisioning this model of pastoral ministry, see here and here. I…

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Pastor-Theologian: Will the Job Market Drive PhD Graduates into the Pulpit?

While brewing a second cup of coffee to keep alert in my Greek readings this morning, I found Chris Spinks’ post “Avoid a PhD?” His reflections were stimulated by Anthony LeDonne’s most recent attempt to dissuade prospective PhD candidates from pursuing their vocational dreams (LeDonne offers such discouragement on a monthly basis). The gist of…

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The Poet William Wordsworth on the Pastor-Theologian

I visited Rydal Mount a few weeks ago, the home of poet William Wordsworth.  My father-in-law was visiting us here in England, so we spent a couple of days in “the Lakes” (besides my father-in-law, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were apparently also sighted in the Lake District that week). Rydal Mount sits just on…

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On NOT being a Minister

It is Sunday morning, and I have no sermon to preach and no Bible Study to prepare.  I will attend church, but I will not be expected to serve Communion or set up mid-week pastoral appointments.  I have no mailbox to check in the church office.  I have nothing to print out, no copies to…

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