Pastor, Let’s Think This Year: John Calvin as Model of Thoughtfulness

By all accounts, John Calvin, the great Genevan reformer and systematician of the Reformation age, was an educated man. His early educational endeavors help set a trajectory toward a rigorous pattern of intellectual engagement that will mark his ministry. If pastors would cultivate a robust life of the mind (and they should), then paying attention…

An ‘Updated’ Historical Theology Reading Plan for 2019

After more reflection, I’ve updated a suggested historical theological reading plan for 2019. I suggest reading the original post to see other recommended resources. The update includes two changes. First, I’ve suggested you engage a primary source early and continuously throughout. Second, instead of suggesting Helm’s, John Calvin’s Ideas, I have now recommended a more accessible…

The Pastor as Historical Theologian: Some Initial Thoughts

Recently I attended a Christian academic conference were Christian scholars from around the world presented papers on various topics. One paper I had the privilege to listen to was from Dr. J. G. Duesing, provost and professor of church history at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Duesing’s paper presented a proposal for how professors might…