In February 2012, at the London School of Theology, Dr. Steve Walton gave a lecture covering the following points.
- why studying the New Testament is important, especially in an academic setting;
- what ‘progress’ is in general and to what extent it is desirable;
- the relationship of believers’ and academic reading of the New Testament;
- what is most important in studying the New Testament;
- where New Testament Studies might go in the future..
What I found particularly interesting were the historical points he makes concerning conservative academics holding right doctrines and fighting for truth helping to save societies and in some cases the local church, such as in Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa.
In May of 2005, Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote a compelling warning to Seminaries using the state of Business Schools as a case study.
From the article:
“As in the world of business schools, seminaries are tempted to redefine their mission in strictly academic terms. The lure of academic respectability and the enticements of the academic culture exert a magnetic pull toward those who have given themselves to the teaching profession. Understanding this fact is a first step toward preserving the seminary’s mission. Theological seminaries should be unembarrassed to hold the stewardship of a primary mission that is irreducibly directed to the practice of ministry.” [...]
“The academic world is, by its nature, a profoundly insular and self-referential environment. The academic guilds control much of the academic process, and faculty power is virtually unbridled in some institutions. Theological seminaries must be fully accountable to the local church and must see their task as centered in the training of ministers for the actual tasks and challenges of preaching, teaching, evangelism, and church leadership.”
In April of 2012, Don Sweeting, president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, interviewed Chan Kilgore of Crosspoint Church about being a Pastor while going to Seminary. They also talk about Acts 29 and Gospel centered church planting.