“The greatest thing a minister of the gospel or a professor of theology can do for others” by Steven J. Duby

“Finally, that theologia is not immediately practical and certainly not oriented to questions of technique and efficiency is in fact one of its salutary aspects.

Contemporary preoccupation (even in the church and in academic programs preparatory for church ministry) with ‘mission statements,’ ‘measurable outcomes,’ and the like needs to be relativized by the joy of knowing the triune God.

It needs to be relativized by a strong sense of the fact that the greatest thing a minister of the gospel or a professor of theology can do for others is to communicate faithfully about the rich wisdom and goodness and holiness and love of the triune God—and their free and gracious exercise in the economy.”

–Steven J. Duby, God in Himself: Scripture, Metaphysics, and the Task of Christian Theology (Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture; London: Apollos, 2020), 295.

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