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Theology at its best

By: on October 17, 2013

Ford attempts to do several things through his book: bridge the dichotomy between the study of theology and religion; equip the theologian to effectively dialogue with other disciplines; and bring theology into practical relevance in our postmodern global community, all towards the goal of enabling individuals to find the Christian God. According to Ford, theology…

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That’s a Good Question

By: on October 17, 2013

Why ask questions? David Ford’s book, Theology: A Very Short Introduction, provides a challenging follow up to the Grenz & Olson book (Who Needs Theology?) from last week. Ford’s take on theology allows us the chance to think further, and deeper, about the role of theology in our own lives and its implications for our…

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Where’s the exit: Speaking Up or Leaving the Church

By: on October 16, 2013

A couple of years ago a church in our area had a pastoral change. The new pastor brought fresh energy and a desire to reach out to the community. Within a few weeks of taking the role, people became uneasy about his preaching style. It was more topical; less focused on scripture and did not…

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There is Hope

By: on October 14, 2013

Miller and Yamamori’s Global Pentecostalism vividly captures a growing trend among the global church today.   He considers the buzzword of holistic development with a focus on social transformation in the church context.  Interestingly while holistic development and social transformation in principle encompasses church’s mission, the church historically, either chosen to dichotomize it from the sacred…

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Compelled by Compassion

By: on October 14, 2013

In their book Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement, Miller and Yamamori do an extensive job investigating and sharing their findings on how Pentecostalism is impacting its global neighbors. As their four year journey takes them from country to country, the authors discover that Pentecostal organizations are about both raising their voices…

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Who needs theology?

By: on October 13, 2013

Reading “Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God” by Stanley J. Grenz; Roger E. Olson refreshed my understanding about my theological studies and their contribution to the development of my Christian faith. I am reminded to appreciate the privilege that God has granted me to study theology so that I have a…

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Who Needs Theology?

By: on October 11, 2013

My favorite line in Who Needs Theology? comes almost at the end of the book and it sums up my feelings in four simple words… “Theology is not easy.” (P138) This book reminded me that no matter where you find yourself on the theology scale, theology is difficult because it requires you to deal not…

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Theology…A Scary Word?

By: on October 11, 2013

I was spiritually nurtured in a church where the word “theology” was not part of our vocabulary.  In fact, for many, the word “theology” was a scary word.   It was a word associated with institutions, intellectuals and long and dry debates, which the people believed, only led to arguments and disagreements.    In their book, Who…

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Who am I?

By: on October 11, 2013

While it is true that Pentecostalism is growing, it is doubtful whether their social engagement is increasing in proportion as claimed by Miller and Yamamori in their book Global Pentecostalism: The New Face Of Christian Social Engagement. I found myself floundering a bit in my attempt to identify the central thesis that Miller and Yamamori…

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A Question and an Invitation

By: on October 11, 2013

As with many invitations that come in the mail, Who Needs Theology is inviting us to open and read through its pages.  More than just read through the pages, the authors, Roger E. Olson and Stanley J. Grenz provide a comprehensive introduction focusing on what theology is and what theology does.  Theology is not a…

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I am a Theologian.

By: on October 11, 2013

I hadn’t really thought much about this identity. I think of myself as a follower of Christ, a social worker, a leader, a teacher, a woman… but a theologian? Like many, I had the understanding that a theologian was a professional academic. Grenz and Olson[i] argue that in our hearts, each of us is a…

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Everyday people and theology

By: on October 11, 2013

The idea that everyone is a theologian in his or her own right makes sense to me since I was raised in an environment where people worshiped, learned, taught and acknowledged a god or gods and spirits. My community was spiritually engaged with the other worldly at various intellectual, liturgical, mystical and superstitious ways. Indeed…

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The Joy of Theology!

By: on October 11, 2013

In one of my favorite books The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer states:”The most important thought that a man will have is his thought of God.”[1]  He also goes on to say,  “The highest form of idolatry is thinking wrong thoughts about God.”[2]  I have come to believe these two statements to be true. …

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Handing It Over

By: on October 11, 2013

I was 21 years old, wet behind the ears and had no idea what I was doing in ministry.  Just three weeks before I was pursuing a job in healthcare, now through a crazy turn in events I found myself serving as a summer missionary for a local inner city Youth For Christ.  The Executive…

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Any Theologian in The House?

By: on October 11, 2013

Comments on who Needs Theology By: Stanley J. Grenz & Roger E. Olson. Theology has always been an integral part of the Church, from its inception to its development throughout the past 2000 years. Today theological perspectives have become a pre-occupation in the minds of many contemporary christians, as current cultural trends continue to challenge…

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#dminlgp: Thirty Years Later: Who Needs Theology?

By: on October 11, 2013

#dminlgp: Thirty Years Later: Who Needs Theology? dminlgp: In my twenties, theology was the primary focus of my life. In my fifties it is still a focus in my life, but it is no longer primary – or is it? In Who Needs Theology: An Invitation to the Study of God by Stanley J. Grenz…

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#dminlgp: Theology 101

By: on October 11, 2013

#dminlgp: Theology 101 dminlgp: After reading and reflection of this week’s book by Roger Olson and Stanley Grenz, Who needs theology? I was impressed by their definition of theology and their outline of the different levels of theology that a person can have. The author’s definition of theology, “seeking to understand… Love your thoughts and…

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Theology 101

By: on October 11, 2013

After reading and reflection of this week’s book by Roger Olson and Stanley Grenz, Who needs theology? I was impressed by their definition of theology and their outline of the different levels of theology that a person can have. The author’s definition of theology, “seeking to understand with intellect what the heart-a person central core…

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Thirty Years Later: Who Needs Theology?

By: on October 11, 2013

In my twenties, theology was the primary focus of my life.  In my fifties it is still a focus in my life, but it is no longer primary – or is it? In Who Needs Theology: An Invitation to the Study of God by Stanley J. Grenz and Roger E. Olson (1996), the field of…

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It’s a Cult!

By: on October 10, 2013

It’s a cult, it’s a cult!  These were the words that described the Communidade da Graca in Brazil that Miller and Yamamori write of in Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement.  For years, since the church’s founding, an expressed message of health and wealth had been its constant.  Along with this theology…

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