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Healthy Theology 10: Loving Well

Healthy Theology 10: Loving Well

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other” (John 13:35 MSG). In 1968, Peter Scholtes was serving as a priest for St. Brendan’s, on the southside of…

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Healthy Theology 9: Disagreeing Well

Healthy Theology 9: Disagreeing Well

In 1555, at the end of Broad street just outside the gates of Balliol College, Oxford, three leaders in the Church of England were burned at the stake. 300 years later, the city of Oxford offered a rather public apology when they constructed a monument “in grateful commemoration” of the three martyrs for “bearing witness to the sacred truths which…

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Healthy Theology 8: Living Well

Healthy Theology 8: Living Well

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is…

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Healthy Theology 7: Thinking Well

Healthy Theology 7: Thinking Well

“Two things can save the world, thought and prayer; but the trouble is the people who think don’t pray, and the people who pray don’t think.” – Bruce Marshall, Satan and Cardinal Campbell “ARE THERE NO SINS OF INTELLECT?” Some people are naturally curious–always skeptical, inquisitive, and probing. Others seem not so burdened. There is nothing inherently virtuous or vicious…

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Healthy Theology 6: Reading Well

Healthy Theology 6: Reading Well

“Reading is an immense gift, but only if the words are assimilated, taken into the soul—eaten, chewed, gnawed, and received in unhurried delight.”   — Eugene Peterson, Eat This Book DEVELOP AN ETHIC OF READING In the last post, I asked you to consider the following scenario: if there were a “preface” to Holy Scripture—showing us what lens with which to…

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Healthy Theology 5: Believing Well

Healthy Theology 5: Believing Well

CATCHING UP In the first post of this series, we learned that “theology” is simply learning to embrace good and right ideas about God. C. S. Lewis compared the study of theology to holding a map of the world—a much needed help if you are interested in serious exploration. In the second post, we saw that not all ideas about God—or…

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Healthy Theology 4: Appreciating Orthodoxy

Healthy Theology 4: Appreciating Orthodoxy

The Value of Creeds and Church Tradition There is no doubt in my mind that God has provided all that we need to know in matters pertaining to “life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). In our search for such things, it is right to appeal “to the teaching and to the testimony” found in Scripture (Isaiah 8:20). The very words…

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Healthy Theology 3: Recognizing The Need For Interpretation

Healthy Theology 3: Recognizing The Need For Interpretation

Consider three statements: “I don’t interpret the Bible. I just read it and do what it says.” “If the Bible needs interpretation, then it isn’t given by inspiration.” “Common sense is the only interpretation method we need to understand the Bible.” Have you ever heard someone express sentiments like these? It usually comes from a good heart, and a strong…

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