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Theology, Church and Ministry – A Book Review

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Theology, Church, and Ministry

A Handbook for Theological Education

 

The book is put together by David Dockery, however, there are 3 sections with several chapters each that are written by esteemed members of the theological family.  I want to take just a few sentences to state that I checked the credentials of all of the authors and was happy to find ALL of them cited as being well learned, well respected, well versed and consistent.

This being said this book is not a quick, easy read.  It reads more like a reference book for persons interested in the role education plays in making sure that spiritual leaders can provide accurate, correct and reliable interpretations of the Bible.

Each sections deals with a different aspect of education;  such as, foundation of spiritual education, intellectual discipleship, languages of both the old and new testaments, systemic theology, and the list goes on.  Even though I am not interested in pursuing a theological education, the book actually had interesting parts that I enjoyed.  The review of why having a knowledge of Greek was enlightening as was their stance on online classes (they approve, with spiritual oversight by a pastor).

 

Overall, I would give the book a 5 star rating because it provides accurate, informative and necessary information to those with questions about the necessity of theological education of spiritual leaders, I do not think it is a book that everyone would appreciate but there are parts everyone can receive good information from.

 

I received a free copy of this book for a non biased review.

 

 

The book may be purchased through this link

http://www.lifeway.com/Product/theology-church-and-ministry-P005788294

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Remembering the Important Things

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A few days ago, I attended the graduation ceremony of my twin nephews who have both been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Syndrome Disorder).  Their school meets in a church and is very small (5 in the graduating class) and Christian.  It has come to be a place where students who cannot easily “fit in” to the public school system,  not only survive, but thrive.

One of the speakers mentioned that people might try to put them down by insinuating that this kind of school could not have given them a quality education–too small;  not enough options;  unable to afford the best and latest technology.  However, how wrong this worldly wisdom is.  My nephews, Chris and Nick, had received the best possible education because they had learned the most important things:  they learned that God loves them, and they learned to love others, even those who are somehow “different.”  All the academic stuff (and they got plenty of that, too) is secondary.

“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’  He said to him, “What is written in the Law?  How do you read it?’  And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.  And he (Jesus) said to him, ‘You have answered correctly;  do this and you will live.'”  Luke 10:25-28

Let’s all try to remember to live as if we’re really keeping the main thing (love for God and others) as the main thing in our lives.