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.
The annual meeting of and conference for the Northwest Region of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) is occurring on March 3rd at Western Seminary.
So much of what is written on leadership speaks to the importance of being relevant—smart, innovative, accomplished. But true leaders are about powerlessness and humility, taking on a Christ-like irrelevance.
This week I will begin my 40th year of teaching the Old Testament (OT) at Western Seminary. In their degree programs at Western, most students will invest 70 hours of class time and 140 hours of personal study in the Old Testament. Why is teaching the Old Testament an important part of the curriculum at Western Seminary?