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EVERYTHING BUT SPORTS: Theological Thursday

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

milton-stanley-column bylineToday we begin a new weekly series at EBS: Theological Thursdays! Each week we’ll look at some issue of Christian doctrine, possibly with a little more scholarly slant than on other days.

I’m inclined to avoid theological language, or even the term theology. If a point of doctrine or theology is not one I can teach to Christians in the pews, without resorting to theological jargon, then it’s probably not worth holding. The Word of God is clear enough on what we ought to believe and what we ought to do, and I suspect a lot of theology is little more than scholarly chest-thumping.

Of course, I know that bias on my part is unfair. Theology is just another word for doctrine. And yes, although the former word never appears in the Bible, the term in and of itself is neutral. There’s good and bad theology just like there’s good and bad doctrine.

I hope and pray that what you read here is good. Today’s column has been mainly about introducing the weekly feature. For a sample of the kind of things we’ll be dealing with on Thursdays, you might like to have a look at yesterday’s post.

Thanks for reading.


I serve as sports writer for the Manchester Times and preacher and elder for the Church of Christ at Fredonia. The ideas expressed here, however, are my own and do not necessarily reflect the official positions of the Times or the church.