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Theology Matters

I actually had an elderly fundamentalist man once say to me, “All I need is my King James Bible and the Holy Spirit.”

When was the last time you ran into an evangelical who demeaned the study of theology? Maybe you have encountered a cynic-saint who believes that a large part of the problem with Christianity is with those who have studied formally in a bible college or seminary?

This sort of anti-intellectualism disregards the rich history of Christian thinkers, and it overlooks the deep spiritual benefits of loving Jesus with all of your mind—baptizing apathy and laziness in the name of faith.

We can’t afford to drive a wedge between the mind and the spirit. As believers in the Source of all wisdom and knowledge, we must do better.

“If we are going to be wise, spiritual people prepared to meet the crises of our age, we must be a studying, learning community that values the life of the mind.” J.P. Moreland

Knowledge doesn’t have to be dry and lifeless. The following video calls us to think about why doing theology really matters.

Have you noticed how some evangelicals have disconnected Christian belief from Spirit-filled living?  Consider what you can do today to love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, strength, and mind.

D.D. Flowers, 2012.

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