Established in the Story

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From the earliest days of the Church, theology (the study of God) has been a really big deal. And so it should be! As followers of Jesus we need to know what we believe and why we believe it. Therefore, men of every age have tried to articulate the fundamentals of the Christian faith in the language of their day.

This has led to a few different types of theology. The most popular is probably systematic theology. Systematic theology seeks to lay out in orderly fashion the principle teachings of the Christian faith, using passages from all over the Bible. Another type of theology is biblical theology. This form of theology examines the various books of the sacred text to discover what they teach on various topics. Both systematic and biblical theology have their place and can make for a very interesting study.

Another form of theology that has gotten a lot of air time lately is known as narrative theology. Narrative theology looks at the grand scope of the biblical story in order to gain an understanding of God and His work in Christ. I believe this particular form of theology has some solid biblical backing. I hope you will read on and allow me to explain why.

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Theology of the Kingdom

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If I were to ask you what your theology was regarding the Kingdom of God, how would you respond?  If you are like a lot of people, you would have no idea what I was talking about.  It seems as though we have lots of theology about everything else but not the Kingdom.  I find that a little odd.  Do you?  Maybe we need to talk about why it is important.

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I Have Some Questions

Well, it has finally happened.  The new movie Noah, starring Russell Crowe in the title role, has been released.  And, true to form, the reviews have gone haywire.  Some are touting it as a masterpiece.  Others are decrying it as blasphemy.  Some are pushing for everyone to see it.  Others are saying you shouldn’t waste your time and money.  All this hubbub, however, especially in the Christian world, leaves me with a few questions…

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Toward a More Balanced View

As one looks around the Church today it seems there is a lot of imbalance regarding the character of God.  To a large number of people He seems to be the great Sugar Daddy in the sky that exists to fulfill their every whim and fancy.  To others He appears to be an austere Being who is constantly angry and poised with an upraised fist, just waiting for the moment He can gleefully rain down fiery judgment on sinful mankind.  Talk about extremes!  While both these pictures have an element of truth to them, it is easy to see that we need to move toward a more balanced view of the Lord.

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Is God Good?

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Is God good? If so, then why is there evil and suffering in the world? Have you heard this before? If you’re like me, you’ve wrestled with it yourself.

So begins David Flowers excellent post titled Is God Good?  It’s an issue that Christians in every age have had to address.  It’s a question that has been pondered through the ages by sages, philosophers, theologians, housewives, businessmen, preachers, et all.  It is one of those questions that is well worth some serious thought.

Brother David does a splendid job of helping us find the answer, especially in light of the evil in our world today.  The short video at the end of his article is a real gem you won’t want to miss.

Do yourself a favor, go to David’s blog and read the whole article.  It provides some great insight for those seeking to live in the Reign.

Enjoy!

M