"If a guy can handle the Greek and Hebrew, knows at least at the cursory level Christian history and can wrestle through and find answers for deep, difficult theological questions then he might not need a degree from a seminary. These men are usually driven, avid studiers and readers by nature. If they could, they would spend their whole day with the scriptures as well as with men like Calvin, Luther and Spurgeon. I said might because seminary then becomes an obedience issue between him and the Lord and may still be a very good idea.
On the other hand, if you don’t have the tools, have a tendency to be lazy in study, can’t handle the languages, know nothing of how to find answers to deep, difficult theological questions except to quote John Piper and know nothing of our rich history then you need to go get some tools." - Matt Chandler
Now, for me, the Piper thing was harsh but it's increasingly clear to me that a major aspect of my role as a pastor/elder is to defend the truth. It is hard to say that education is a biblical prerequisite for eldership (1 Tim 3:1-7), but is continuing education necessary? Why? How? I'd love to see some comments.
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