Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Considering seminary education

Commenting on a related article by D.A. Carson on what needs to be changed about seminary education, Ben Witherington offers some valuable thoughts and concludes with these ideas on tailoring seminary curricula to the evolving desires of the church:
The problem with setting sail, following a prevailing wind, is that you may find yourself sailing entirely in the wrong direction and ending up at the wrong destination. The Bible frankly doesn't need to be 'made' relevant. It is inherently relevant to the practice of ministry in any age. It is more a matter of showing that relevance and applying it rightly so that it is a word on target. Somewhere between a seminary becoming a glorious anachronism and becoming captive to the latest cultural trends is the right place for the seminary to be, with the Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other--- relating the one to the other, as Billy Graham long ago said
That sounds right. Thoughts?


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