3 Lessons I Learned from My Mentor, Darrell Bock
My Internship at Dallas Theological Seminary
by Mikel Del Rosario
This semester, I’ve had the privilege of beginning a mentoring relationship with Dr. Darrell Bock. This is part of my Master of Theology (Th.M) internship, working with the Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement. Dr. Bock is a Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies and Executive Director for Cultural Engagement at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Besides my mentoring meetings with Dr. Bock, I’m also enjoying creating titles and show notes for The Table Podcast, being in the studio while the interviews are recorded live, and even being a guest on the show (look for my episode this summer).
My career goal is to have a full-time faculty position at a Christian university, while continuing to speak and train at apologetics conferences and local churches. So why choose Dr. Bock as mentor? I admire his ability to move from writing scholarly stuff in the academic world, to speaking at churches or showing up on ABC News while making “heady” concepts about the Bible accessible to anyone. And if you know me, you know I’m all about making ideas that have to do with defending the faith simple to get and easy to remember. In a word–accessible.
3 Lessons From My Mentor
After our weekly department meetings, I get spend some time sitting down with Dr. Bock in his office. We talk about Jesus, apologetics, cultural engagement, my course of study and anything else that might come up. I appreciate his practical advice and helpful insights into cultural engagement and apologetics.
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In this post, I’ll share just three quick things I’ve learned during our mentorship meetings:
1. Attitudes Are Often Absorbed
Dr. Bock often highlights the idea that we live in a culture where, for many people, “the Bible isn’t the answer–it’s the question.”
It’s very different world from 19th century America, where you could easily quote the Bible and have people at least pretend to show some respect for the faith because of their family or cultural background.
Today, getting into spiritual conversations often means you’re almost immediately hit with emotional challenges and tough questions. Where’s all this coming from?
Often times, people’s attitudes toward Christianity show us the ideas they’ve absorbed, like a sponge, from the culture. For example, your skeptical friends have probably seen comments like this online…
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