Episode #17: The Pastor as Public Theologian

This week on Preaching and Preachers, Dr. Owen Strachan joins me in a discussion on the pastor as public theologian.

Guest(s): Owen Strachan


Dr. Strachan is the Associate Professor of Christian Theology, and the Director of the Center for Theological and Cultural Engagement at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Some of the topics discussed on today’s episode are:

  • How Dr. Strachan became attracted to studying and writing about the pastor theologian.
  • The concern of having to define what the pastor theologian is.
  • Why every pastor is a theologian.
  • A brief sketch of how the American church has lost the office of pastor theologian.
  • The result of pastors not being theologians.
  • The necessity of the pastor being bold and untamed in Gospel ministry.
  • The result of the pastor reclaiming the title of theologian.


Two questions concerning the pastor as theologian:

  • What is a pastor theologian?
  • Why should a pastor aspire to be a faithful theologian?


Six points on how one becomes a more faithful pastor theologian:

  • Study the Scriptures to see what the pastor is Biblically.
  • Obtain good literature on the pastor theologian.
  • Set aside time to sit quietly in order to read, think, and reflect.
  • Set aside time with elders to frame how your church will be theological in nature.
  • Deepen your theological understanding through study.
  • Don’t underestimate the people in your church.


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