Nouwen’s sharp critique of ‘theologicalessness’.

This quote by Henri Nouwen, though over a decade ago, still bites hard today (this is from page 25, footnote 12 in Piper’s God’s Passion for His Glory). We do well as ministers of the Word to heed the summons back to robust theological thinking. One means to this end is picking up the old dead guys and learning to see the Lord the same way they did (Augustine, Chrysostom, Calvin, Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon, etc).

“Few ministers and priests think theologically. Most of them have been educated in a climate in which the behavioral sciences, such as psychology and sociology, so dominated the educational milieu that no true theology was being learned. Most Christian leaders today raise psychological and sociological questions even though they frame them in scriptural terms. Real theological think- ing, which is thinking with the mind of Christ, is hard to find in the practice of ministry. Without solid theological reflection, future leaders will be little more than pseudo-psychologists, pseudo- sociologists, pseudo-social workers. They will think of themselves as enablers, facilitators, role models, father or mother figures, big brothers or big sisters, and so on, and thus join the count- less men and women trying to help their fellow human beings to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday living. But that has little to do with Christian leadership.” Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus (New York: Crossroad, 1993), pp. 65-66.

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