Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary

1 Mar 2012

Take a Drive Over: "Brits Abroad" Interview


Jeremy Walker posted an interview today over at his site with Derek Thomas and Carl Trueman, two “Brits” currently living and ministering here in the States. I would encourage you to take a drive over there and read it. Lots of great advice from their experience in both the seminary and pastoral contexts. I agree strongly with most of it, excepting their move from being Baptists to Presbyterians. Look for the following:

  1. The importance of the intersection between the academy and local church ministry, and the need for those who teach to immerse themselves in real church ministry;
  2. Their opinions about the younger reformed movement, and its view of the local church and personal holiness;
  3. Some great advice for maintaining a long-term pastoral ministry;
  4. A clear declaration that culture is not neutral–you don’t see that too often these days.

2 Responses

  1. What leapt out at me was Carl’s stress on the need for maturity, and how that usually involves years and mileage. That resonates. I look at my first solo pastorate (at an immature 28) with a long list of regrets and self-blame. Second, Trueman stresses the importance of his sensible wife, who doesn’t believe the “propaganda” he tends to “put out” about himself. I have one of those, thank God, and her saying that I’ve matured is a ground for some hope.

    Many will think of Spurgeon, who became a pastor when a single teenager. Brother, Spurgeon was a freak of grace. We could use an army of them, but you’re probably no Spurgeon. God knows I wasn’t, and am not.

  2. Pearson

    Those were great points too. I agree, the likes of Spurgeon, Bunyan, and Carey were unique. I tell guys if they are equipped and willing they can educate themselves as those men did, but it surely is not the norm for us more averagely equipped men.