God has given us minds – minds which need constant renewal and growth in line with the gospel (Rom. 12:2) so that we see our world and ourselves in line with truth. Using them well is an act worshipful obedience (Rom.12:1), and using them badly is an act of idolatrous rebellion (Rom. 1:18-32).
Every so often I go away on a conference to sharpen my preaching skills – in fact, I’m on one at the moment. Something like this has popped up in my diary every year since – well, since a long time ago, and it is one of the top two things that help me improve.
Just read proofs for ‘Encountering God Together’ by David Peterson – new book from IVP due out in Jan/Feb. It’s very, very good – so save up those Christmas tokens!