I recently stumbled across Gerald Hiestand’s excellent article, “A Taxonomy of the Pastor-Theologian: Why PhD Students Should Consider the Pastorate as the Context for Their Theological Scholarship.” You can find the full article in the latest edition of The Expository Times. Here’s his conclusion:

There is need, I believe, to challenge the emerging generation of theologians to seriously consider the context of their theological calling. We are in need of theologians who once again don the clerical mantle—who work explicitly and openly within the framework of historic, Nicene orthodoxy; who work and write as those who bear the weight of souls upon their shoulders; who write—above all—as pastors. Such writing has been the life-blood of the church, and has constituted her highest theological discourse. It is, I am convinced, only by reuniting the office of pastor with the historic duty of the theologian that we can begin to address the theological anemia of the church and the ecclesial anemia of theology.

I wholeheartedly agree!

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  1. As a lay person…I see Paul’s great letters as not being just theology, but an effort to help everyday people deal with everyday issues as they sought to know and have a relationship with God through His son Jesus Christ. Jesus’ entire ministry was “people based”. He did not choose to enter a cave and write down what God wanted man to know, He entered into our world…spent each day with people and their problems. He healed the sick and told stories (parables) to help people understand who God is. Of course, I am not a scholar and have never taken a Greek class or study theology…but it all seems pretty simple to me. God loves and wants to have a relationship with His children. A pastor’s job is to help we lay people understand better how to do that…

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