“One is sometimes (not often) glad not to be a great theologian; one might so easily mistake it for being a good Christian.” (p. 57)
Lewis, C. S. (1986). Reflections on the Psalms. New York: Harcourt Brace &Company.
This podcast episode from Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman is one of the clearest, most demystifying conversations I have heard on “the call” to ministry. I might tweak one or two of their comments, but overall I think you will find their perspective very helpful.
What about you? What do you think about their assessment of and commentary on calling?
William Still (2010) challenges us to push further into the Gospel and all that it means:
In evangelical circles the danger that the Gospel may be equated with the mere rudiments of the Word of God has become almost a disaster, for these rudiments are only the beginning of the Good News. There are profounder things by far in the Bible than what is called ‘the simple Gospel,’ although they issue from it. Indeed, in a sense, those who proclaim almost exclusively forgiveness of sins and justification, only make known the preliminaries to the best Good News, which is not that our sins are put away and that we are justified in God’s sight, wonderful though that is, but that God wants us for Himself and to that end brings us to the birth in Christ. After all, the death of Jesus, for all its wonder, is a means to an end, which is not merely that we may be right and clean but that we may be His, which involves personal relationship in love.” (p. 62)
Would you agree with his assessment?
Still, W. (2010). The Work of the Pastor.