I have known Tyler Williams for many years as a friend, colleague, and professor of Old Testament, first at Taylor University College and then, since 2009, at King’s University College in Edmonton, AB. However, since July of this year Tyler has taken on a new role as the head pastor of my home church, Greenfield Baptist Church here in Edmonton.
Tyler’s vocational shift provided an excellent opportunity for me to ply a pastor with some hard questions about the Bible. And I approached the task with a little bit of inspiration from Bart Ehrman. In his 2009 book Jesus, Interrupted (HarperOne), Bart Ehrman complains that pastors learn a range of historical critical facts about the Bible in seminary, facts which they rarely, if ever, share with their congregations once they enter the ministry. Is this true? And if so, what would a pastor have to say about it? I sat down with Tyler Williams to find out.