I am always pleased to find a new publication by my colleague and good friend, John (“Jack”) Beck, who serves on the adjunct faculty of the Jerusalem University College. John has traveled extensively in the land of Israel and has a passion to make the message of the Bible more understandable to Christians by explaining how the geography, culture and climate of the biblical world impacts the biblical message.
We live in a superficial age that is less inclined to go deep, more concerned to be inspired and moved in the emotions. We need solid foundations. Life must be first be rooted in theology.
The Uzziah Syndrome was written in response to a contemporary leadership crisis. According to the author’s research, within thirty years of beginning their ministries, 80 percent of pastors and other Christian leaders will no longer be involved in active ministry.
The depth of the ministerial task and the complexity of our age call for forceful training. And yet, I meet more and more students who are making degree choices based upon what has the least force. Along with this, too few churches and individual believers want to invest in the cost of training their future leaders.
I have learned—and am still learning—that there is no substitute for personal presence. More than our sermons, this is what congregants will remember.