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My Advice to Students — Jason Sexton Says, “Serve the Church, Do Serious Scholarship”

Jeremy Bouma on September 10th, 2014. Tagged under .

Jeremy Bouma

Jeremy Bouma (Th.M.) has pastored on Capitol Hill and with the Evangelical Covenant Church in Michigan. He founded THEOKLESIA, which connects the 21st century Church to the vintage Christian faith; holds a Master of Theology in historical theology; and makes the vintage faith relevant at


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Jason Sexton, editor of the new Two Views of the Doctrine of the Trinity, wants his future colleagues to see themselves as servants of the church by doing theology for the sake of the Church.

Is this how you see yourself—whether a pastor, professor, or student? As a servant of the Church through your scholarship and theological discipline?

Sexton is particularly interested in seeing young academics consciously go about serving the Lord in two ways:

  1. Serving the church consistently;
  2. Doing scholarship in a serious way.

Sometimes we need a good reminder that we do theology—whether biblical, historical, systematic, ethical, or whatever—not for the sake of the Tower our a particular Society, for a book contract or a viral blog post. No, we do it for the Church.

Sexton provides this needed reminder. So listen to his advice and commit to serving the church consistently and doing scholarship in a serious way.

-Jeremy Bouma, Th.M. (@bouma)

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