Should Pastors be Smart?

How important is intellect to ministry? Intellect is different than education, though education can increase intellect. Intellect is different than judgment or wisdom—though it can sharpen judgment and augment wisdom. “Intellect” as I’m using it is simply, “capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.” My first impulse is to say something like, “It would be nice, but it’s not […]

Lion and Lamb

I read this amazing passage from Henri Nouwen's terrific book, The Inner Voice of Love. "There is within you a lamb and a lion. Spiritual maturity is the ability to let lamb and lion lie down together. Your lion is your adult, aggressive self. It is your initiative-taking and decision-making self. But there is also […]