I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. The apostle Paul, next to Jesus arguably the most influential Christian teacher, wrote this to the church in Corinth in the middle of the first century (1 Cor 3:6). In the context Paul argues against the tendency to attribute importance to human agency as it leads to factionalism. But in like manner the apostle’s axiom speaks also to the subject of theological education since both Apollos and Paul were teachers of the church.
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