“Theology, who needs it. That’s just for seminarians in ivory towers.”
Actually, if you’re a believer you “do theology” every day. Every time you make a moral decision, tell someone about your faith, or attend a worship service, you are “doing theology.”
Theology means the study of God, mainly through His Word. Most of the time when people use the term theology, they mean Systematic Theology, but there are other divisions of theology like practical theology, ethics, and historical theology. I like Wayne Grudem’s definition of Systematic Theology, which is “any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole Bible teach us today?’ about any given topic”.
Here are some recent articles that show us how theology is being applied throughout the Christian world:
1. Pastor Kabwata explains the effects of “Nigerian religious junk” (imported from mega-churches in the USA) that is now spreading across Africa.
2. The boy in Iowa who refuses to wrestle a girl causes a clash of worldviews.
3. National Review asks the question, “Why is America Quiet on the Execution of Afghan Christian Said Musa?”
4. The University of California at Davis has defined Christians as oppressors.
5. Chuck Smith on abortion: the founder of the non-denominational denomination Calvary Chapel, tells a caller “that the Lord would not condemn her if she went ahead and had an abortion at this early stage of the development of the fetus.”
6. Speaking the truth in love can upset quite a few people. Exhibit A: Tim Challies interview with John MacArthur, where charismania and creation Tim asks John, “What are the two or three most urgent theological crises that you see in the North American Church at present?”
7. For this last one, I’ll let you discern what kind of theology this “pastor” has on this video.