Theology with feet

One of the constant (healthy) tensions I face in seminary is what the theology means in life. We can spend a lot of time thinking great ideas about God. But what does it mean for following God?

In the midst of talking about Hebrew parsings, evolution and creation accounts, sermon structures, the nature of evil, and the rationality of faith, it’s been important for me to come back to a few thoughts…

What does it mean to follow Jesus? We need to examine our understanding of theology. The deep, technical stuff isn’t for everyone, but we all need to push our beliefs and make sure we understand what God has taught (and is teaching) us. But following Jesus takes action – not just thinking. So where are the feet to this belief?

I love how Andy Stanley put it in a recent sermon: “God does not give information for consideration or contemplation but for cooperation.” (Thanks Heather)

There is a lot to consider. But it’s also important to focus on and respond to the basics. I like Scot McKnight’s focus on the Jesus Creed:

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.

That’s not the only place to go to follow God, but it seems like a good place to start …

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