How Preachers Read the Bible for Themselves

| January 23, 2015


 “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21)

In his oft-cited work The Religious Life of Theological Students, B. B. Warfield begins,

A minister must be both learned and religious. It is not a matter of choosing between the two. He must study, but he must study as in the presence of God and not in a secular spirit. He must recognize the privilege of pursuing his studies in the environment where God and salvation from sin are the air he breathes. He must also take advantage of every opportunity for corporate worship. . . . Ministerial work without taking time to pray is a tragic mistake. The two must combine if the servant of God is to give a pure, clear, and strong message. 

Thus Warfield addresses what is perhaps the pastor's single most pressing spiritual question: What is the connection between my ministerial duties and the practice of my faith?

Prep the Mind, the Heart, or Both? 

This article addresses one element of the question—the connection between study of Scripture for personal edification and the study of Scripture for proclamation. Some…


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