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The great difficulty is to make what you have to say as simple as possible but no simpler — which means that you often have to work very hard to express certain ideas in ways that are accessible but non-reductive. … when you’re writing for a general audience who does not know the language of your guild, you have to understand those concepts well enough to translate them into a more accessible idiom.

Alan Jacobs, “Writing well ≠ dumbing down” (Oct 26, 2018)

I have seen this ability in a few teachers and writers, and consider it a hallmark of a spiritual gift.

David Murray, “The biggest difference between good speakers and great speakers” (Sep 26, 2017)

Jonathan Pennington, “‘The Life of the Professor’ — My Talking Points for our New Faculty Workshop”

Michael J. Kruger, “Should You be a Pastor or a Professor: Thinking Through the Options” (Jul 6, 2015)

Just keep in mind that this article was written by a professor. The “pastor-scholar” spectrum was cast in terms of the scholar’s contributions to the church and academy. There is a “levelling-up” toward greater scholarship, not pastoral ministry.

“Teach them to yearn…” /

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

From Paul Boekell at Story Warren.