We Need Theologians, Not Smarty-Pants

Kevin DeYoung | November 16, 2015

Editors’ note: The following is adapted from Kevin DeYoung’s contribution to The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision (Baker Academic, 2015), by Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan. This article is a part of a series on the pastor-scholar, which will conclude tomorrow with the opening of the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in Atlanta. 


If I’m not mistaken, our church is known around town as the “theology church.” I don’t say that to pat my own back. After all, taking theology seriously is no guarantee of spiritual fruitfulness and Christlike maturity. Being known for faith, hope, or love might be safer than a reputation for theological erudition. Still, all things considered, I’ll take “theology church” over the “church that recycles batteries,” the “church with the Xboxes in the youth wing,” or the “church with the gnarly fog machine.”

Developing a church grounded in good theology—and one that is hungry for more of it—starts with the pulpit. When I arrived at University Reformed Church…

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