John Frame stirred the pot about how a seminary should train church leaders in “The Academic Captivity of Theology,” John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings: Volume Two (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2015), 59–76. He follows up with a new essay: “What Seminaries Can Do Without,” in John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings: Volume Three (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2016), 145–56. He provocatively elaborates on seven items he thinks seminaries can do without: [Read more…] about Should Seminaries Require Students to Write So Many Academic Research Papers? John Frame Says No
Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson give three reasons for a pastor-theologian to get a PhD. This is from their book The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015), 104–5:
Strategy One: Get a PhD
We begin with this not because it is the most important strategy, but because it is a critical part of the preparation we believe is necessary for ecclesial theologians. The costs of a PhD—financial, emotional, familial—are significant and not to be taken lightly. For some, a PhD may not be possible or prudent. Yet those who aspire to be ecclesial theologians should think seriously about pursuing a PhD. True, Karl Barth didn’t have PhD. But until you’ve written something remotely akin to his Römerbrief, you should probably get on with getting one; it will almost certainly be necessary for pursuing the sort of vision we’ve laid out for the ecclesial theologian. We say this for at least three reasons. [Read more…] about 3 Reasons for a Pastor-Theologian to Get a PhD
In his post “Should You be a Pastor or a Professor? Thinking through the Options,” Michael Kruger lays out six options in a chiasm:
1. The Pastor
2. The Pastor-Scholar
3. The Pastor-Scholar who is active in scholarly world
4. The Scholar-Pastor who is active in the church
5. The Scholar-Pastor
6. The Scholar
Kruger’s taxonomy (and the way he explains it) is insightful and helpful. [Read more…] about Should You Be a Pastor or a Professor?
I’m just completing my first year on faculty at Bethlehem College & Seminary, and it’s been a joy to serve here. My family loves Bethlehem College & Seminary, and we’re all in. We love the mission and strategy.
I explain why in this 4-minute video:
Alex Chediak. Preparing Your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances, and Much More. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2014. 64-page sample PDF. 2-minute video trailer.
Chediak’s 2011 book is for teens. This one is for their parents. Both are helpful guides.
And WTS Books has a special sale on Chediak’s book starting today. [Read more…] about Preparing Your Teens for College
Jason is BCS’s Vice President for Administration. I am so encouraged by this message and by the interaction I’ve had with Jason and others at BCS. (I’m eager to join the team in several months.)
I’ve witnessed some situations where the relationship between a school’s faculty and administration is unhealthy. Not good.
Jason closes with a provocative analogy that I hadn’t heard someone (let alone an administrator) apply to administration and faculty before:
administration : faculty :: shaft : tip of the spear