The very suggestion that we could be proud of our faith should immediately raise a red flag in the mind of any believer. It fails the smell test. Now, granted, there may be a sense in which we might use the term “proud’ in an appropriate context.
It has been my experience that many pastors without seminary training see no need for training, and some even see those with training as sub-spiritual. On the opposite side, those who have been blessed to receive the training see it as indispensable.
As I see it, the big issue in Baptist life today is that for too long, key leaders, and leaders at all levels, have been unable to say, “Do as I do,” or “Do as I did.” We are now seeing the fruit of this in the staff reduction at the International Mission Board (IMB).
Check out this great interview between Leighton Flowers and Dr. Adam Harwood!
As we teach our children, we need to explain to them that Jesus not only understands what we’re going through, but he understands and identifies with us. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin”