“Patristics for Busy Pastors”: An Interview with Dr. Ligon Duncan

Today I posted my interview with Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III on “Patristics for Busy Pastors.” The interview was posted over at the Sovereign Grace blog.

Here is one excerpt:

“When we go back to the church fathers we see them defending the important Christian doctrines that are very basic to us, those doctrines that—if we’ve been Christians for a long time—we may well take for granted, doctrines we don’t question, or have any qualms about. Sometimes as important as they are, we don’t think about them much, and we don’t weave them into our teaching, nor do we express the passion for the importance of them to our people as we ought. When we go back to the patristic period and we see the church fathers defending the reality of, for example, the incarnation of Christ and showing the importance of it, we may—who have fully embraced the incarnation of Christ and never questioned it in our Christian experience—suddenly have a new sense of the significance and the absolute essentialness of the doctrine of the incarnation in a way we hadn’t before.


PS- Please be praying for Dr. Duncan, First Presbyterian, and the people of Jackson, MS who recently experienced destructive storms. Please pray specifically–in the middle of a busy conference schedule–for his strength as he ministers to the needs of his congregation.

11 thoughts on ““Patristics for Busy Pastors”: An Interview with Dr. Ligon Duncan

  1. Nice shot with Ligon doing the Mano Pantea.

    A little sprinkle of Protestant sacerdotalism never hurt…

    Pax Christi,
    Tom Bombadil

  2. Although, Tony, I’m not so sure about decapitating Nazianzen and replacing his lofty head with Ligon! (with all due respect).


  3. I’m sure you’ll like Botticelli’s painting of Augustine in his study: few hints of priestcraft there, except for the mitre in the background.

    But perhaps we’re too hard on clerical dress. After all, Spurgeon himself, when given the opportunity, donned the Genevan preaching gown with pleasure.


  4. “It was John Calvin’s gown, and that reconciled me to it very much…I could have worn the Pope’s tiara, if by so doing I could have preached the gospel the more freely.”

    Charles Spurgeon

  5. Without a doubt, Botticelli, is the best patristic painting I’ve seen, though hard to get a side shot of contemporaries to photoshop, however. T

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