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既是牧者又是學者?

5 Lessons to Light the Path

God doesn’t waste our strivings, and he has taught me some valuable and humbling lessons through the wrestling. Here are five that have helped me to see the similarities between the offices of pastor and scholar, what should be required of each, and why it’s no surprise some are drawn to both.

1. Scholars, like pastors, serve the local church.

Christian education must serve the local church. Here I’m indebted to Southern Seminary’s founding president James Petigru Boyce and his 1856 essay “Three Changes in Theological Institutions.” Boyce’s three points argue forcefully that a Christian institute exists fundamentally to train leaders for service in the local church.

2. Both pastors and scholars are called and gifted by God for his glory.

Both heart and mind must be calibrated to glorify God, not self. Neither church ministry nor scholarship exists as an end in itself.

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