Andy Naselli posted a link to a book chapter by D. A. Carson that is a “must read” for those who teach or desire to teach the Word of God. In his “The Trials of Biblical Studies” Carson muses on five trails that face those who engage in doing theology. His five trials are Integration, Work, Pride, Manipulation of Scripture and Priorities. While Carson does not say anything new, his thoughts are a refreshing admonition for those of us who make our living in the Word. For instance speaking about those who spend hours “working” in the Word:
“If, then, we are by temperament somewhat perfectionist, it is not difficult, with such a vast array of data-rich fields before us, to become workaholics. And a true workaholic is unlikely to be a good spouse, a godly and wise parent, a faithful Christian.”
The chapter is from The Trials of Theology: Becoming a ‘Proven Worker” In a Dangerous Business, edited by Andrew J. B. Cameron and Brian S. Rosner (Scotland: Christian Focus Publishing, 2010).