It’s a rare privilege to have a noted theologian as our guest teacher at Grace. That’ll happen this Sunday, March 21st.
I remember on more than one occasion, one of my other seminary profs would say, “Now remember Mark, you’re the theologian for Flagstaff”, as if to say it was my job to keep the theology correct and current throughout Flagstaff. While it may be true that any good pastor also must serve as a resident student of theology, it was a little daunting to think it was my job to protect the doctrines and to clarify the gospel in these ever increasing fuzzy times we live in.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:14-17
Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you. 2 Tim 1:13-14
The truth is, it is my job, as well as any other teaching pastor to teach the scriptures with much study and integrity that leads to life-changing application. This is why it’s a treat to have one of my first seminary professors as our guest this Sunday. Dr. Earl Radmacher will probably never be remembered or referred to as ‘Pastor Mark’s professor’, but to me, he’ll always be that. Dr. Radmacher led the team that put together the Nelson Study Bible. He served as General Editor. Needless to say, it’s my favorite study Bible. He served as President of Western Seminary and was instrumental in the beginnings of what later became Phoenix Seminary. He’s passionate about the accurate and clear interpretation of the Scriptures. He’s enthusiastic about the doctrine of salvation, and he’s pretty clear on his understanding of the church. See why I like him?
So, yes. My professor is stopping by Grace this Sunday. If you can be there, I’d highly recommend it. It’ll be a treat.