2017 Pastors’ Seminar

Topic: Wise as a Serpent, Harmless as a Dove
Speaker: Dr. Doug Bookman
September 26, 2017

Martin Luther claimed that every pastoral error can be traced to the shepherd being too hard or too soft. That statement has proven ridiculously insightful in my life as a pastor! How many times I’ve been one or the other—too soft here, too hard there—and how difficult it seems to hit the right balance. In a yet wiser word, Jesus implores us to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves as we relate to his flock and her enemies. Do you long to know what Jesus meant by that statement? Do you long to display such wisdom and gentleness in simultaneity as you minister for his glory? We have much to learn.

On Tuesday, September 26, Eden Baptist Church will host our annual seminar for pastors and church leaders. Dr. Doug Bookman will seek to demonstrate from the Gospel narrative of the final week of Jesus’ mortal life that Jesus displays the wisdom of a serpent and harmlessness of a dove in that day and this. For soul shepherds who desire to pattern their ministries after the Master, this seminar will prove instructive, convicting, and encouraging. It is our prayer that all who join us September 26 will return to their ministries refreshed and resolved to more faithfully honor Christ as his servants. Registration information will be forthcoming.

Seminar Schedule

  • 8:00-8:30 – Registration and Coffee
  • 8:30–9:30 – Session 1:“The Triumphal Entry: How Did Jesus Get Away with That?” (Bookman)
  • 9:45–10:45 – Session 2: “Given Sunday, Why Friday?: The Pharisees as the Perfect Foil for Jesus” (Bookman)
  • 11:00–11:45 – Session 3: “Life Together: The Role of Christ’s Gathered Body in the Discipleship of Believers” (Miller)
  • 12:00–12:30 – Lunch
  • 12:30–1:15 – Session 4:“Jesus on Trial before Pontius Pilate: The Good Confession” (Bookman)
  • 1:15–2:00 – Q&A, Prayer


Click HERE to register.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Bookman earned the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Central Baptist Theological Seminary and the Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has spent his life as a pastor and professor. He currently teaches at Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, N.C. and is widely known for his expertise in Life of Christ studies.

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