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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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Healthy Theology 2: Discerning & Prioritizing Bible Doctrine

Healthy Theology 2: Discerning & Prioritizing Bible Doctrine

If God sets rules, we are called to keep them. “If you love me,” says Jesus, “you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). “Here’s how we can be sure that we know God in the right way,” writes John: “Keep his commandments” (1 John 2:3 MSG). It’s even possible to speak of “loving” God’s rules, since they give us peace,…

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