I posted this three years ago. A conversation and the start of another academic year brings these ideas back to me.
One of my favorite writers said that everyone is a theologian. Not necessarily a professional theologian or an academic theologian, but a theologian still. We all, in his thought, have an understanding of God and a way of communicating (i.e., speech to communicate) that understanding to others. For people who spend a lot of time talking about God, there’s seminary.
Before going further, you should know this bit of biography since it anchors what I’ll say–people formed in other places, at other times, may have different wisdom. I went to graduate school at Wheaton College, completed a program in theological studies and didn’t get enough. I enjoyed what I was learning. I signed up for more at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and enrolled in the MDiv program while I was serving at Sweet Holy Spirit, my home church. I came to serve New Community, a multi-ethnic congregation in 2006. I started teaching…
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