Recently I had coffee with a guy who asked me a question along the lines of "How can we get people to value theology?" He had been interacting with another Christ-follower who was indifferent (at best) towards theology. From the sound of it, this third individual wanted to get along with "loving Jesus" and "doing His work" - and he saw theology as a distraction to these other goals. My guess is that this third individual heard the word "theology" and associated it with dryness, division, and distraction.
I mumbled out some sort of halfway applicable response that probably wasn't super clear, and we got along with our coffee. I've thought through this question "How can we get people to value theology?" a bit more since then, so when I have this sort of conversation again, here's how I hope I respond:
Here's a sampling of some of the things I've been reading and reviewing this week. The hope is that these bite-sized sections of books, articles, blog posts, etc will stand on their own and be beneficial in-and-of-themselves. But I also hope that some of you will like these excerpts enough that they pull you into the larger work from which they've been taken.
Let's start sampling:
Each Spring for the last six years or so, I've had the privilege of traveling to Zambia and training pastors at the Hope Center in Serenje. (Click here to see a short video describing what we're doing.) Going each year is almost a no-brainer, even knowing the time it takes away from other things I could be doing and - most significantly - the time it takes away from my family, and the extra commitment it asks of them. Here are 6 of the reasons (in no particular order) I still look forward to going each year:
A few weeks ago during the worship service at Brookside Church, we showed this video update on pastor training at the Hope Center in Zambia. Check it out here:
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