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I was in studio with Dr. Keith Reeves last year, filming a course on a Biblical Theology of Wealth for Mobile Ed. He was a very kind man, a very capable New Testament scholar, and in no short supply of wisdom in matters of business. A rare and helpful mix. I enjoyed working with him, and learned much from him. Dana Harris was in the second of two video studios at Faithlife that we use for Mobile Ed purposes. My colleague, Daniel, worked with Dr. Harris and recorded a course on the Theology of the Book of Hebrews.

Because our lunches all together were warm and conversational, we decided to interview them both at the same time for the podcast. They both displayed a great care for their students in conversation, and I wanted to take the interview in a practical direction. I found their advice to students on financial issues and regarding the challenges of discerning one’s call to ministry very insightful and wise. If you have questions about those things, or know someone who does, this conversation will be helpful. Enjoy.

Albert Mohler

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‚Äôs 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.”