Category Archives: Theological education

Søren Kierkegaard on the “tragic misuse of biblical scholarship,” how it can drive God’s Word infinitely further from us than if we had never read it

Kierkegaard has just finished a section where he’s argued for the necessity of being alone with God’s Word in order to truly read God’s Word, and yet how so very few are willing to do so. But, asserting defiantly that … Continue reading

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John Frame on whether biblical theology is more biblical than systematic theology

People often get excited about biblical theology (as opposed, particularly, to systematics) because it seem to them to be close to the biblical text. It uses more of the actual biblical vocabulary than does systematics, and it goes through the … Continue reading

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Charles Spurgeon on the missionary call: “The Mission languishes for want of men.”

Speaking to the students of the pastor’s college of which he was president, Spurgeon remarked: We ought not to put it on this foot,–not, “Can I prove that I ought to go?” but, “Can I prove that I ought not to go?” … Continue reading

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Jonathan Gibson on the difference between being “biblical” and “biblicist”

We suggest that articulating definite atonement is similar to articulating doctrines like the Trinity or the two natures of Christ. The approach needs to be biblical, but not biblicist. No one text “proves” definite atonement, any more than one text … Continue reading

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C.H. Spurgeon: “When I hear my Heavenly Father say that a man is a fool, I dare not think him wise.”

I never feel, when I meet with intellectual men, who look down upon me as a mere preacher of platitudes, that they have any right to do so. To them I give place by subjection, no, not for an hour. … Continue reading

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John Broadus on the advantage of theological conflicts

Theological discords and conflicts, with all their evils, have this advantage, that they  compel the most trusting and the most slothful of us to feel the necessity of thinking for ourselves. John Broadus, A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery … Continue reading

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Bishop Daniel A. Payne on the necessity of ministerial study

Payne’s comments come from his reflections on 1 Timothy 4:13-15, “Give attendance to reading….Neglect not the gift that is in thee….Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all.” All these expressions show … Continue reading

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