Adrian Warnock interviews Nancy Pearcey, author of the award winning book Total Truth, in this post. Adrian did an excellent job with the interview - he had some good questions and Nancy came through with some terrific answers.
Here's one good question and answer that I think are particularly helpful.
: It may interest you to know that I work full-time for a commercial organization but am part of the regular preaching team of my local church. Does it surprise you at all that so many of my readers tend to initially assume that as I am a preacher I must be full time for the church? Do you feel that having preachers who also work out there in the real world will help the church interact with our culture?
Nancy: Absolutely. This was not such an issue in a pre-industrial society, where life was more holistic. But modern societies are split between public and private realms, with things like religion and church relegated to the private arena--demoted to something you do in your leisure hours, with no more status than a personal hobby. As a result, it has become remarkably difficult for Christians to know how to integrate their faith with their work and professional lives. Religion almost inevitably becomes therapeutic--focusing on the private realm of family, relationships, personal piety and moral behavior.
For pastors, this means it has grown increasingly difficult to maintain any realistic sense of ideas and trends in the secular world or to teach their congregations how to interpret those ideas within a biblical framework. Many pastors would benefit from spending at least some time on the other side of the public/private divide, in order to experience firsthand the incredible tensions faced by most ordinary Christians every day.
Also, in case you missed it, Catez at Allthings2All interviewed Nancy here.
And, if you want to hear an interview with Nancy instead of just reading it, my new friend Keith Plummer has an interview with Nancy (as well as alot of other folks) at his site Pensees: Faith Seeking Understanding. You can go directly to Nancy's interview by following this link. And oh by the way, Keith is now blogging at The Christian Mind. Be sure to check him out.