Re: Practising Our Faith, A Serious and Challenging Enterprise Jan/Feb p. 9.
This was welcome, timely and challenging reading. With the abundance of
aids, Bible helps, and sermons available on the Internet from many sources one can easily settle into a comfortable pastoral rhythm of secular theology that permeates our Lutheran community. Hearing that Hebrew is not required for a candidate for ordination and “enough Greek to get along” makes me shudder.
Attending a lay-led Bible study as a youth, a verse from 2 Timothy found its way into my life: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth (2:15, NRSV). The KJV where I first learned the verse began it with, “study,” a poor translation, but it has spurred me into a lifetime of Bible study which includes personal study, group study, exploring the original languages (a challenging task for me who struggles with languages), reading the scholarly studies and histories of the Scriptures, and most needed, but rarely happening, study with colleagues. Herein lies the substance of being a pastor with call.