Theology: Dry – Divisive – Derisive? Often is. Doesn’t have to be. Shouldn’t be. Good theology connects the dots of what is above us and what is within us to explain what is and why it is. In some way – shape – or form – we all do this. Anytime we express anything right or wrong about God – including denial of His existence – we’re doing theology.
God has made Himself known. In the beginning God created…Genesis 1:1. In the beginning was the Word…John 1:1. Doing well what we all do involves:
1) Inductive Observations
2) Exegetical Interpretations
3) Practical Applications
4) Deductive Summations
Doing theology is the great business of life because it intersects with every aspect of life; both in this world and in the world to come. There’s no need to feel intimidated by this. This is not an academic competition. It’s an act of worship for an audience of One. It is faith seeking understanding.
A student once asked Karl Barth if he could summarize his whole life’s work in theology in a sentence. Barth said, “Yes, I can. In the words of a song I learned at my mother’s knee: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”