From Marc Cortez:
- Scot McKnight responds to Gerald Hiestand’s argument that we need more pastor theologians. Scot writes:
Give us some examples of university theology that has no ecclesial value or some ecclesial theology that reveals how this can be done better by pastors. I’m ready to be convinced but I want to see what is actually involved here.
I have to say this is a pretty great response by Scot – someone who is in the academy but also, like he says in the article about other scholars, is deeply involved in his local church community. Perhaps the disparity isn’t as great as Hiestand suggests?
I was thinking about this today and want to say, I think it is perfectly fine for one to be a pastor and perfectly fine for one to be an academician – and perfectly fine if one manages to have a foot in both worlds – just don’t disparage each other but instead encourage one another in each other’s vocations and calling as we pursue together a life in Christ.