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Why is religion so important?

By: on October 18, 2013

After reading Theology: A Very Short Introduction I noted a couple of crucial issues the author David Ford brilliantly discusses in relation to theology and religious studies. Throughout this book he emphasizes the need to think further and deeper to be able to engage with issues that are relevant to us in our ministry context.…

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To fellow theologians

By: on October 18, 2013

This week’s reading “Theology: A Very Short Introduction” by David Ford drew out my thoughts about theology even further in rather unique ways. “Theology: A Very Short Introduction”, put to words what I’ve always wanted to articulate about my ongoing journey with Christian theology.  Admittedly, there are times when I intellectually connect with Christian theology…

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Engaging Theology As Theology Engages Us

By: on October 18, 2013

Reading David F. Ford’s Theology: A Very Short Introduction is at the same time compelling, in the sense of wanting to read more deeply and daunting, if ever so slightly, because he does not back away from asking the challenging questions one must ask in the study of theology.  It is these questions in every…

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A well examined apple

By: on October 18, 2013

As I sat to write about David F. Ford’s, “Theology: A Very Short Introduction”[1] I was uninspired. And then a phrase came to my mind: “Taste and see that the Lord is good…” (Psalm 34:8). It was then that I discovered what I was missing. Ford’s purpose is to provide an introduction to the huge…

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Thinking and Doing Theology

By: on October 18, 2013

Who needs theology? What is theology? How do we study theology? The weekly readings in the course of study on “Engaging Leadership Concepts” have attempted to stimulate our thinking as we consider these questions. What leaders believe is obviously important; equally important is to consider the basis and the source of belief. How leaders have…

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Two-faced Chocolate

By: on October 18, 2013

Chocolate – sweet, savory, delicious, enjoyable, and it comes with an untold story. Often times those who take delight in eating chocolate are unaware of its journey before making it into their hands and stomachs. The chocolate industry is great at marketing, selling, and profiting tens of billions of dollars each year from the cocoa…

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Grappling with Theology

By: on October 18, 2013

The most common definition of theology is that it is “the study of God”. Sounds simple but nothing about theology is really simple. Many within the christian faith including myself, often pretend that we know all the answers to questions people asking. We trend to over simplify our answers as in the local proverb, “ones…

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Theology and You

By: on October 18, 2013

Ford, in his book Theology: A Very Short Introduction, calls us to look at theology in a holistic context with regards to our entire lives and the world around us. The author asks, “what is distinctive about our own period as a setting for doing theology?”[1] Ford answers to this question is, “the pace, extent,…

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Theology & Experience?

By: on October 18, 2013

Where does one even begin with Ford’s brief masterpiece? Though it claims to be a very short introduction to theology, the author presents an overwhelming amount of material filled with an array of subjects from the theology of prayer and worship to the interpretation of theological texts. And this vast material is presented in a…

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Practical, Applicable, Theology – a short overview

By: on October 18, 2013

Once again the topic before us is theology.  As we discussed last week everyone is a theologian to some degree, for everyone has some type of thoughts regarding God.   Whether it be the Christian God, or a lesser God, (yes, I am bias) or no God at all, just by entering into the discussion regarding…

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Theology for Real World

By: on October 18, 2013

If Grenz and Olson’s book Who Needs Theology is Theology 101, Ford’s book Theology: A Very Short Introduction would be Theology 301 or 401.  Where Grenz and Olson provide a concise explanation of the task of theology, Ford actually takes you into the very practice of theology. He explains theology while doing theology.  The reader…

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Little Big Book: Embracing the Questions

By: on October 17, 2013

David Ford’s, Theology: A Very Short Introduction (1999)[1] impacted me in a most powerful way.  I first read it this summer while on vacation in eastern Oregon.  The most amazing thing to me about this text is its unapologetic use of questions to explain theology.  The questions presented are honest and insightful.  As a young…

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Church Shopping – Don’t Let the Door hit you on the Way Out!

By: on October 17, 2013

Exit and Voice are expressions of two ways to affect change within an organization.  However, I tend to disagree with Hirschman in his book Exit, Voice, and Loyalty.  He states that within many organizations including churches, voice is almost the only way to be heard when dissatisfied with a situation (p. 76).  Perhaps this highlights…

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Theological Exit, Voice, and Loyalty

By: on October 17, 2013

Recently a good friend of mine embroiled in a denominational  split said, “theology is everything.” My mother’s maiden name was Mullins, recently I traced the ancestry of that name back to its entry point into the colonies in the late 1600s.  The name had originally been des Moulines (French) and belonged to a family of…

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The Voice

By: on October 17, 2013

“With the country (America) having been founded on exit and having thrived on it, the belief in exit as a fundamental and beneficial social mechanism has been unquestioning.” (Hirschman, 274) After listening to my students’ presentations today in my “World Religions” class I thought about the book by Albert O. Hirschman, “Exit, Voice and Loyalty:…

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The Church Mall of America

By: on October 17, 2013

Hirschman’s book addresses the topic of organizational realignment in the light of market share loss.  He writes that there are three basic responses and some conflagrations of the three that could result in organizational success.  The basic options are for the customer to “exit” which means the customer goes somewhere else for the goods or…

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Please, Let Jesus Off The Hook!

By: on October 17, 2013

All of us have had amazing co-workers leave our respective ministries.  In these moments, have you ever heard a fellow leader  who’s about to leave say, “God’s leading me onto a new ministry?”  Now, I know this can often be true but what happens when you and all the other employees know the back story,…

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Quit or protest

By: on October 17, 2013

These days the Catholic Church in Germany has a hard time. The public focus is on German Catholic Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst. After weeks of accusations and extended aswell as merciless media coverage the Bishop of Limburg now traveled to Rome to ask for consultations with Pope Francis. The Bishop is under fire for allowing…

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Exiting the Church

By: on October 17, 2013

One of things I love about my D.Min program is the wide variety of books I get to read.  Many of the books assigned to us I wouldn’t naturally choose. This week’s book, Exit, Voice and Loyalty by Albert O. Hirschman is one of those books.  Fortunately, my inclination to read or not read a…

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Exit, Voice, Loyalty and the Church

By: on October 17, 2013

Exit, Voice and Loyalty: Responses to decline in Organizations, Firms and State by  Albert O. Hirschman is a short and quick read but one packed with a load of analytical information on how people respond to deterioration and decline, whether in an organization, a grouping of any sort, government or firms. The author initially begins…

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