I recently enjoyed this interview of pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson. I found the themes discussed to be very interesting and I appreciated, for the most part, his perspective (I say “for the most part” because I do not advocate infant baptism). I am not sure how long the interview is. It may be 30 to 45 minutes, I wasn’t watching the clock. If you are too busy to give sustained attention to all of it, I would recommend at least watching or listening to the first 10 or 15 minutes. I would also love to hear your thoughts about what he had to say.
Particularly interesting to me are his statements about raising up leaders, I always love when some one way more intelligent and accomplished then I ever will be, responds to something the same way I would. Makes me think I may not be crazy after all.
I also think his perspective on mentoring in the local church (which is what the primary theme of the interview seems to be) to be profoundly relevant and valuable for the podcast generation of believers (which is a group I place myself in).
His comments at the end of the interview about parenting provoked the question in my mind about the old PK conundrum. If God is keeping his covenant with the children of believers who bring their kids to them, why do we see such a departure of children from the faith today, even in the families of good and faithful pastors? I have no answers. And please don’t think I am attacking pastors or people in ministry. As a man who would love someday to work in fulltime ministry on some level, I find nothing more terrifying than the statistics and experiences I have heard and had in this area. It is nearly enough to deter me from going into ministry for the sake of the spiritual well being of my children. The reality is that weather one is in some form of ministry or not makes little difference today. Young people are abandoning the church in droves. Am I the only one who finds this disturbing?
What, if anything, did you find interesting about the interview? What stood out most and why?