Skip to main content

A Look Around the Room

As the teacher spoke, I looked around the room at those in attendance. In this rectangular room were 47 persons, male and female. The subject was something of significance in church governance but had been given little attention in the text of Scripture. Do we look beyond the text to church history for the answer? The subject is one that has become important in a modern western cultural context and had been previously addressed in church history but is not clearly addressed when looking at Scripture alone because the subject was not as important in the biblical cultural context in which the New Testament writers wrote.
The subject of the class discussion is not the subject for which I am writing today. It is the significance of what I was seeing and hearing that is the subject. Not the theology that was being discussed, but the manner and persons whom discussed the theology. As I surveyed the room, I saw 47 persons, male and female. Of the 47, 5 had seminary graduate degrees, 4 male and 1 female, 1 of the males had a PhD but none of these were teaching the class. I saw in the man teaching, a firm grasp on how to do theology: text, history, truth and application. Not only did this man have a firm grasp on the method of theology, many others in the class did as well and I was amazed.
Why was I amazed? Because, this is not the norm in the majority world. In the majority world 75% of the worlds Christians reside outside of the United States in Latin America, Africa, the Middle east and Asia.[1]In the majority world 85% of the pastors have no theological training at all, nor do they have access to theological books much less advanced seminary degrees and if they did a most cannot read. In the United States of America there is one theologically trained person for every two hundred and thirty persons but in the majority world there is one theologically trained person for every four hundred and fifty thousand persons; a ratio of 1:230 vs 1:450,000, the disparity is mind boggling.[2]
So, when I survey the classroom, I was amazed and thought to myself: “This is absurd, I live in the richest country in the world (and I was not thinking economically, it is rich in that aspect as well but I was thinking with regard to theological training and teachers) and this classroom has got to be one of the richest classrooms in the country. 10% of the persons in this classroom have advanced formal theological education and many who do not, are well read on the subject of Christian theology and doctrine.” There is a theological famine in the majority world and we are fat; therefore, let us go and feed the world.


[1]BH Academic, Theological Famine in the Majority World, July 28, 2016, Accessed June 30, 2019, https://www.bhacademicblog.com/theological-famine-majority-world/.
[2]M. David Sills, Hearts, Heads, & Hands: A Manual for Teaching Others to Teach Others(Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2016), 6.

Popular posts from this blog

The Three Aspects of Faith

Faith is made up of three things: knowledge, belief, and trust…Faith is believing that Christ is what He is said to be and that He will do what He has promised to do. (Spurgeon, C.H.) “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?. . So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:13-14, 17) When sharing the gospel publicly, and more specifically through open-air preaching you will likely be stopped from preaching by someone who claims to be a Christian.  Oftentimes when preaching in open-air, you will be preaching to a moving crowd.  Someone may walk by and hear you talking about sin and judgment.  Another may walk by and hear you talking about Christ redemptive work on the cross.  I use to think that there was the possibility that those who claimed to be Christian, who stopp

William George Davis, RN

Today I write with a broken heart an open-letter to my nursing colleague, friend and I hope, brother in Christ William Davis, RN. Will has been accused of murder and was arrested on April 11, 2018. I write this as an open-letter because this has become an open-matter. Will Davis and Family Copied from Facebook Dear Will, I miss your smiles and your jovial laughter on our nursing unit. I first meet you about 5 years ago in the spring of 2013. My wife met you before I did; I remember her telling me, “I met a guy in orientation who is going to work on your unit, he is so excited to work on your unit and is real fun.” From that time on you were usually laughing and all smiles. Often times you brought a bag of candy to work, because of this, and your jovial laughter I nicknamed you the Candyman and would even sing in your presences, “Who can make the sun rise and cover it with cheer…the Candyman can, the Candyman can because he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.”

Come Follow Me

Mark 10 It was Jesus’ custom to teach when a crowd gathered. He taught that it is not God’s will that a wife and husband should separate, for he considers them one flesh. Later, his disciples questioned him about this and Jesus told them that to divorce and marry another is committing adultery. Jesus used the metaphor of how a child excepts as being the way we should except the kingdom of God. Jesus corrected a rich young man’s understanding of good and showed him that to repent and follow Jesus Christ is the only good that a man can do. It is impossible for people to enter the kingdom of God but with God all things are possible. Jesus promised eternal life to all who leave whatever is holding them back from following him. On the journey to Jerusalem, Jesus told his disciples about his coming arrest, trial, humiliation, suffering, death and resurrection three days later. James and John sought honor for themselves at Jesus right and left sides in his kingdom, but he told them, it is for