Just a quick word on constructive theology and blogging, and how that relates to my own approach. There seem to be some, especially from my own “tradition” (Evangelical) who seem to think that if you aren’t static in your theology; then you may be “unorthodox.” This assumption seems to go along with the idea that if one follows the bible (literally), that you will simply come out as a “Classic Dispensationalist, Premillennialist, Pre-Tribber,” and that if there is any waffling in this regard; then there must be some sort of unhealthy angst . . . there must be an unhealthy devotion and reliance on theologians instead of the clear (unambiguous) teaching of scripture.
To be clear, I do believe that scripture is “clear,” especially on communicating who God in Christ is, and what that says in regards to becoming a Christian. But, and this is where this blog often revolves, it is okay to (from my perspective) try and hash out, try and parse how the church approaches and has approached the scriptures. It is okay to go back (and in fact should be a requirement) and understand how the church has dealt with the teaching of scripture — because we are in continued conversation with them, even now.
My approach (and thus the primary purpose for this blog) is to think out-loud relative to my developing thoughts on biblical studies and theology. That is why you will find (apparently) random quotes, random reflections, and random conclusions; and not “static” doctrinal statements from (at least on this blog) me. That does not mean I am not committed to certain basic, essential truths of Christianity (I am actually very conservative, still would fit the “Evangelical” category [as far as tradition], etc.); but that what I am doing, for the most part on this blog, is engaging in what has been called Constructive Theology. I am trying to test what I believe in light of scripture, historical theology (the past traditions of the church), and contemporary/modern theology; and I am willing to go outside of my “comfort zone” to “traditions” and “theologians” and “bible teachers” who are not necessarily from my own “tradition” (Evangelicalism). This may confuse some of you, it might not appear very nice and neat, it may seem “tortured” to some; but to me, this is how “theology” and “biblical studies” should be done — theology is a relationship, it is being part of God’s life (which includes being part of the “Church”); and thus, it is a “developing” thing (a “Constructive thing”).
Anyway, I just wanted to clarify for some, why my blog is the way it is . . . I’m not necessarily trying to provide outlines, and class notes for all who visit here; I’m just “bursting” my thoughts out as they come to me — hopefully it is fruitful and edifying, hopefully it is even informative, but primarily it represents a “narcissitic” bent to work out “my own theology” alongside others on the same road.