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The Trials Of Theology: Becoming A 'Proven Worker' In A Dangerous Business

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Students of theology can find themselves strengthened and renewed while they study, but it can also be a time of trial. This reader shows how to navigate such trials as we study for and then engage in Christian ministry. It includes wisdom from voices past: Augustine; Martin Luther; C. H. Spurgeon; B. B. Warfield; Dietrich Bonhoeffer and C.S. Lewis. Several modern authors ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Christian Focus Publications
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Sep 16, 2015 Dougald rated it liked it
The Trials of Theology is a collection of essays to help students of theology/biblical studies to go about their way in a way that leaves them in awe of God. It includes essays from the past, written by Spurgeon, Warfield, and C. S. Lewis (sort of). And voices from the present; Carson and Bray.

Overall, the book is helpful for students who are looking to enter theological studies. It will help them prepare themselves to fight pride and futility in their discipline. But also, these essays work to
Apr 13, 2016 Chad rated it really liked it
A simple, accessible book to hearten theologians in their task by providing a legacy of theological excellence from which theologians can be reminded of the dangers and delights of the theological enterprise.
Phil Whittall
May 24, 2016 Phil Whittall rated it liked it
The Trials of Theology: Becoming a 'proven worker' in a dangerous business is a collection of essays from voices past and present aimed at keeping the student of theology in touch with the God who is the both the object and subject of our study.

With contributions from Augustine, Luther, Spurgeon, BB Warfield, Bonhoeffer and CS Lewis the first part alone makes this book both readable and worthy of purchase. They cover the heart and soul of the student, why we depend on God's grace, why devotions
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Jan 14, 2012 Craig Hurst rated it it was amazing
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There are a number of jobs that can accurately be described as dangerous. Jobs like crab fishing, coal mining, oil drilling and being a police officer. In fact there are jobs that are considered so dangerous that those who perform them receive ‘hazard’ pay. Certain positions in the military receive this as well as the linemen who hang and maintain electrical wires by means of a helicopter. But have you ever considered that signing up for a lifetime of biblical studies could be deemed dangerous?

Peter N.
May 04, 2012 Peter N. rated it really liked it
A brief book, which pulls essays from men of the past and the present to address some dangers of theological study. It is primarily directed at students of theology who are in seminary or a similar setting. But it has much value for the pastor as well. I especially enjoyed Augustine's short letter about needing more time to study and pray, Warfield's essay on the religious life of theology students and Carson's essay on the dangers that come with studying the Bible. I still think Helmut Thielick ...more
Jan 09, 2011 Cbarrett rated it it was amazing
Essays from theologians of the past and theologians of present on guarding the heart in ministry. Best essays include: Warfield on religious life of theological students; D. A. Carson on biblical studies; and C. S. Lewis on the desire for the inner ring (this is excellent and convicting).
Jun 22, 2010 Flip rated it it was amazing
This is a fairly quick read about some pretty important subjects and the dangers involved in studying them. The book pulls from voices past (though the C.S. Lewis chapter is more of an exposition of his work than actually his work) and voices present. I definitely recommend.
David Varney
Aug 14, 2011 David Varney rated it really liked it
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Great book of essays from some well known teachers and exponents of theology. The essay by Warfield was particularly delicious.
Apr 19, 2010 John rated it liked it
This is a solid and encouraging read for young men pondering theological studies for ministry.
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