I recall reading one of John Piper’s works (can’t recall which one) in which he mentioned that a seminary professor urged him to pick one theologian (preferably dead) to pour his life into studying and mentorship. Of course, Piper picked Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). My friend, Mark Combs, adores John Owen. A pastor friend of mine who is now studying in Edinburgh, Scotland, finds John Bunyan as one that God uses to feed his soul.
As for me, I do lean toward Bunyan as well (his Grace Abounding autobiography, though melancholy in spots, provided me with incredible insights to the soul), I must say that Charles Spurgeon has become a friend and mentor to me. Why?
Currently, I am pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Expository Preaching. I just submitted my prospectus (and fully expect to receive it back soon — with much ink and blood!) for my project dissertation on “Training Aspiring Ministers and Lay Preachers in Expository Preaching at Boone’s Creek Baptist Church, etc.” Part of the process is to find a past model and a present model to base the curriculum in which we are to present to our students. I read through Arnold Dallimore’s “Spurgeon: A New Biography” which is a great 250 page introduction to his life and ministry. One chapter dealt with Spurgeon’s conviction of his responsibility to train future pastors. That, combined with his “Lectures to My Students,” has truly helped crystallize many areas dealing with my personal life, my spiritual life, and ministry.
So tell me … who is your theologian, pastor, or mentor who has meant a great deal to you? Share!
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