I have been reading "Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople" by Tim Keller. I am grappling with this quote on pages 2-3.
"In short, if I as a pastor want to help both believers and inquirers to relate science and faith coherently, I must read the works of scientists, exegetes, philosophers, and theologians and then interpret them for my people. Someone might counter that this is too great a burden to put on pastors, that instead they should simply refer their laypeople to the works of scholars. But if pastors are not 'up to the job' of distilling and understanding the writings of scholars in various disciplines, how will our laypeople do it? This is one of the things that parishioners want from their pastors. We are to be a bridge between the world of scholarship and the world of the street and the pew. I'm aware of what a burden this is. I don't know that there has ever been a culture in which the job of the pastor has been more challenging. Nevertheless I believe this is our calling."
The contemporary pastoral JD continues to grow. Sometimes I wish I had the brain of a Tim Keller. I am hoping this quote is not a call to be an expert in all disciplines but more of a learned generalist.