Dear Unlearned, Un- and Under-Educated Pastors: Please Take Scripture Seriously- And STUDY

Zwinglius Redivivus

I realize, know, and understand that not everyone has the opportunity to attend college and graduate school in order to learn in great depth and detail what Scripture teaches, theology informs, and church history illustrates.  Not everyone can learn Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.  I also realize that having those opportunities is a real blessing and privilege.

But that doesn’t excuse you, dear Parson, if you lack those opportunities, from doing your dead level best to become better informed in your calling’s text (the Bible) than any physician in his anatomy text or lawyer in her law books.  You OWE it to your congregation, your sheep, your flock, to feed them bread and not stones or scorpions.

Glorying in ignorance may help you to feel better about your laziness and incompetence, but believe me, the Bible never exalts stupidity nor does it congratulate the fool.  It may help you to imagine…

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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