Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Thinking About Theological Education

Another school year has begun at TBS and everyone here is looking forward to getting down to work. And yet as we get underway I have concerns that theological education is not as valued as it should be in Canada. In my experience too many people think that the Bible is simple to understand and that Christian ministry is a combination of public relations skills and the gift of gab. But in reality nothing could be further from the truth.

The Bible is a profoundly simple and simply profound collection of books. The basic message of the Bible is discernible with the help of the Holy Spirit, but the complete riches of God's revelation will not be fully known in this lifetime no matter how much we study his word. Theological training helps us get at those riches and unearth them to whatever extent we can in this life. The plethora of interpretations reveal that this is a task which should be taken seriously. The Bible can be used to prove anything -- and unfortunately has been -- but that does not mean that its true meaning is impossible to discern. We can, with God's help, think his thoughts after him if we proceed with humility and grace and we are ready to be guided and corrected by all that the Bible has to say on any given subject.

To be continued...

3 comments:

Dan Sudfeld said...

I have concerns that theological education is not as valued as it should be in Canada.

I share your concern and look forward to reading how you will flesh this out.

grateful TBS student said...

You are so right. Public relations and the gift of gab. But you forgot entertainment!
I am praying specifically for Christian women to partake in theological education. It is desperately needed for their roles as wives, mothers, caregivers, social/work force...everywhere in everything. LIFE is a MINISTRY ladies! Because theology is something one does.
"Deep theology is the best fuel of devotion; it readily catches fire, and once kindled it burns long."
F.W. Faber

Chard said...

Agreed!

However, on the other side are those who seem to think that preaching is merely an academic exercise.