Theology (I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means)

I have a passion for theology.

I have a passion for what we say about God.

I have a passion for what we think about God.

From the time that I felt called into the ministry until this very moment, I have not been more interested in learning about anything else. And I mean that literally nothing has been of greater interest to me than learning about the Triune God, his work in the world, and his words to us, found in the Holy Scriptures. It is, perhaps, my greatest joy.

Did I mention that I love theology?

As an outflow of this love for theology I also have a passion to teach and preach theology. It was part of my initial calling: to teach others about God, as revealed in Christ Jesus, and how he relates to us.

And so, as a way to express the calling of God on my life, I have begun the my journey through the formal Christian education system. I began my journey as a Religion major (with a concentration in ministry) at Houghton College and now I am currently attending Asbury Theological Seminary. With this journey through my years at Houghton College and Asbury Seminary, I have only found that I desire even more to teach people about God, including some of the nuances about God that may not be as well known.

This blog, then, is born out of my passion for theology and my passion to teach. But, perhaps even more importantly, this blog is born out of a passion to see theology accessed by everyone. Theology, at times, may be seen as a distant concept that has no particular relevance for the everyday Christian. Theology is seen as something for the ivory tower academics.

I want to challenge this idea with this blog. I hope to take theology (literally the words we speak about God) and make it practical and relevant. Because, whether you like it or not, you are a theologian. You have an idea about God; you speak about God. You may say that God does or does not exist. You may say that God is all-powerful or that his power is limited. The list goes on and on. But what you are doing when you speak about God is what is called theology.

Theology is not something that should be frowned upon, but it should be embraced. My desire with this blog, then, is to talk about God, in a relatively informal way so that theology doesn’t get too boring or dusty but instead comes alive right before your eyes.

I encourage you to check in every now and again to see what I have to share, to see what I have been thinking about. Blessings!

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2 thoughts on “Theology (I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means)

  1. You amaze me. I was blessed by the class you gave this summer. You have a way of making things that at first appear confusing and breaking it down so people can understand. Theology as a word does scare me a little, but you make it relative to me and my thoughts. Ryan, I have enjoyed watching you grow in the 5 years I have known you and enjoy having you teach me. I look forward to more from you and I expect some things that make me think. You certainly are called to teach and preach!!!!

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