I recently finished reading The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision (Zondervan) by two pastors Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson. It was quite interesting. I recommend it to you for your consideration although at certain points, which I will not go into here, I have some disagreements. But the good thing about the book is its desire to have theological thinking done by pastors in our churches. In fact, the divide between the Academy (the Seminaries) and the Church is a concern they are trying to address. There is a ditch on each side of the road. I have seen men who can parse every Greek and Hebrew verb but don’t seem to have any great desire to walk across the street and tell somebody about Jesus. On the other hand, I have had lunch with pastors who, after we have gone through the Roman’s Road, have nothing to talk about. Academic minutiae on one side. Shallowness on the other. God spare us from both. At Baptist Bible Seminary where I serve we have tried to bring balance to our training of pastors. Even our seminary journal is named The Journal of Ministry and Theology for a reason. We are a resource for the Church. The book I mentioned at the start of this blog is one attempt to bring balance from one side of the ledger.