One of the books I am currently reading is NT Wright’s Paul – a new perspective. The book is 8 lectures he did in Cambridge University a couple of years ago. He is definitely a “read up” for me – always challenges me and makes my brain work overtime.
In his preface he made this statement, “The church and the academy both urgently need a new generation of teachers and preachers who will give themselves totally to the delighted study of the text and allow themselves to be taken wherever it leads, to think new thoughts arising out of the text and to dare to try them out in word and deed.” WOW – can that man write! This statement is so good – may it become our prayer.