August 21, 2010

Biblical Theology for the Pastor

Here's Michael Lawrence from his new book Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry (IX Marks; Crossway, 2010):

"But here at the start, I want to make the point that the most practical thing we can do, the most important tool we need in ministry, is biblical theology.  And I mean that in both senses of the phrase.  Learning how to do biblical theology is no mere academic exercise.  No, it's vital to you work as a pastor or church leader.  It shapes your preaching, your counseling, your evangelizing, , your ability to engage wisely with culture, and more.  You will not be a very good theologian, which means you will not be a very good pastor, if you do not learn how to do biblical theology" (15, italics original).

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