Eventually we all transition—either from one ministry to the next, ministry to retirement, or life to death. We hope we have made a difference—a positive difference!
Every year in the Fall, evangelical theologians gather from around the world to present instructive and challenging papers on a variety of important topics. This year, several hundred papers were presented. Some were outstanding. Others were a bit hard to comprehend.
Are we training leaders who will not capitulate—who stand by the gospel and speak with grace? Will we respectfully respond to dismissive voices with the courage of conviction?
Not everyone is a writer, but everyone communicates every day. Sometimes with precision. But let’s face it, often our language has more of the character of an unfortunate spill. And in seminary, it’s time to learn exactness.
Finding our guiding values by looking deep within will not lead to a true north. Nor will gaining more knowledge change things. This is hard to admit for most leaders—hard to admit in a culture of self-dependence.