A.T. Robertson on the purpose of Seminary

Not only was Robertson a man zealous for Greek, but more importantly, he was passionate about the significant difference that knowing Greek can make for those who preach and teach God’s word. Robertson delivered his inaugural address at Southern Seminary entitled “Preaching and Scholarship” on October 3, 1890. This address, though at the beginning of his teaching ministry, demonstrated his commitment to scholarship and his burden for colleges and seminaries to develop capable preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Robertson had a deep passion to equip gospel ministers whose hearts were impassioned and whose minds were enlightened. He vehemently rejected the idea that theological education was a waste of time. He averred,

If theological education will increase your power for Christ, is it not your duty to gain that added power? . . . Never say you are losing time by going to school. You are saving time, buying it up for the future and storing it away. Time used in storing power is not lost.

He also rejected the idea that the purpose of the seminary was to make scholars.The question for him was, “Does the college and seminary training tend to make better preachers?” His response:

If not, it is a failure. The German idea is to make scholars first and preachers incidentally. But ours is to make preachers, and scholars only as a means to that end. We have small need in the pulpit for men that can talk learnedly and obscurely about the tendencies of thought and the trend of philosophy, but do not know how to preach Christ and him crucified. The most essential thing to-day is not to know what German scholars think of the Bible, but to be able to tell men what the Bible says about themselves. And if our system of theological training fails to make preachers, it falls short of the object for which it was established. But if it does meet the object of its creation, it calls for hearty sympathy and support. . . . But my plea is for scholarship that helps men to preach. For after all, the great need of the world is the preaching of the gospel, not saying off a sermon, but preaching that stirs sinful hearts to repentance and godliness.

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Tribute to A. T. Robertson (reblogged)

Co-Authors Andreas J. Kostenberger, Benjamin L. Merkle, and Robert L. Plummer, offer a tribute (and some pretty great quotes) from the late great A.T. Robertson which is drawn from their forthcoming book, Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: An Intermediate Study of the Grammar and Syntax of the New Testament, which will be released May 2016.

Here it is in part:

Archibald Thomas Robertson (Nov. 6, 1863–Sept. 24, 1934) was born near Chatham, VA, where he spent the first twelve years of his life before moving to a farm in NC. At the age of twelve (March 1876) he received Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized later that year. Four years later, at the age of sixteen, he was licensed to preach. He received his M.A. from Wake Forest College, Wake Forest, NC (1885) and his Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY (1888). Shortly after entering seminary, his Greek professor (and future father-in-law), John Albert Broadus, noticed his linguistic skills, and Robertson soon became his teaching aide. In 1890, Robertson was elected Assistant Professor of New Testament Interpretation. Robertson would teach at Southern for forty-four years until his death in 1934.

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on being a Chaplain

So I have been in a Chaplain Resident program over the last year and recently completed it.

If you’ve wondered what Chaplains do, the following link (for the Scott & White Hospital in Temple Texas), I think, gives a good summation that can be helpful for learning.

Pastoral Care helps patients and families cope with illnesses, loss, tragedy and life transitions by integrating the body, mind and spirit.

Source: About Pastoral Care – Baylor Scott & White Health

this is a good link too (http://www.sw.org/pastoral-care/pastoral-care-faqs#chaplain)

A Church I Can Believe In

what happens when we utilize and attractional way of thinking instead of engaging a missional way of thinking….

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Church FunnyA major issue in our western consumerist culture is that consumerist concerns are immediately applied to the way Church is viewed and practiced.  What can be offered for me?  What do I gain by being a part of this congregation?  What can we do to attract more folks?

While this is not only a problem in the contemporary or western Church (think of the issues mentioned by Paul and Jude concerning preachers in it for their own gain, or the Corinthian battle for pneumatic-supremacy), it has been sharpened by our propensity to consume.  If we don’t find what we are shopping for then we move on. This does not tend to be driven by any biblical notion of priorities for participating in the life of the Church.  Instead, it seems to be driven by market values (e.g., programs).

Certainly there is much to be said for trying to reach our…

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what is your greatest fear?

Most people (that’s me) are not really afraid of failing, they are actually afraid of succeeding…

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -Marianne Williamson

Gog, Magog, and Premillennialism

If you’ve been wondering about the terms gog and magog in the Bible and how they apply to end times and such, and especially recently in light of certain recent events, this will be a helpful read.

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In a recent conversation about events in the Middle/Near East, a question was raised as to the potential for fulfillment of prophecy, specifically concerning “Gog and Magog”.

Gog and Magog have so captured the imagination that their very mention seems clouded by mystery and ready at hand to apply to nearly any particularity in contemporary geo-politics involving the modern nation-state of Israel. However, few consider the actual texts where these terms are mentioned in Scripture. Gog (the referent to the prince of the eschatological hordes) only occurs two places in Scripture (excluding the referents which point to an genealogical figure): Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation 20.

In Ezekiel, Gog is the prince from Magog (meaning “place of Gog”). This ruler is brought by the will of YHWH to a restored Israel to make war. He is gathered with hordes from the corners of the known world (6th century BC). These two…

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