In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper are joined by Shane Blackshear, better known as the Seminary Dropout. Shane hosts the Seminary Dropout podcast on which he interviews Christian leaders and theologians in an effort to make theology and biblical learning accessible to everyone. The conversation ranges from the value of formal theological education, its shortcomings, and then on to creating content as a ministry. Enjoy the episode!
“If a guest could have pre-recorded and interview and you didn’t need to be there it’s not a great interview.”
“One of the things I was surprised about in seminary was how disconnected the average church was from the things we were learning.”
“Good theology should be for everyone.”
“If I can be the guy who takes the theological cookies off the top shelf for everyone to enjoy that’s an immense honor.”
“There’s a myth that if you get that piece of paper on the wall you have the knowledge, and it’s just not true.”
“If you want to stand out it has to be good – it can’t just be available.”
“There’s a big difference between it being easy to do a podcast or blog and doing one that is worth people taking their time to partake in.”
“Here’s the biggest mistake I made in leadership: as soon as I could I helped plant a church.”
“I just wish I had found a good pastor and sat under his leadership.”
“Just see how somebody who has been leading for a while and leading well does things.”
“There’s something so valuable about walking in somebody’s footsteps who has done it before.”
“God uses our foolish audacity to shape us, but I don’t think that’s the aspiration.”
Doing Good is Simple by Chris Marlow
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