The title of this blog has been championed by HBU professor, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston. It’s something I believe in deeply.
Presently, I am in the process of assuming the leadership of the Biblical Learning & Literacy ministry of our church, the above axiom will be heavily employed as we create responsible and devoted “young theologians” who, as Paul commanded, learn how to “rightly handle the word of God.”
The biblical illiteracy of North American church culture is at an alarming and embarrassing level. However,…
It’s never too late to read, learn how to understand, and apply your Bible. The Bible is a virtual treasure trove of truth, wisdom and hope.
It’s God’s love letter to mankind.
Further, someone wisely once said, “The easiest lessons to learn are from the mistakes of others.” The Bible is full of “failures.” Significantly, “failures” are who God chose to use – and that should make people like me feel pretty darn good. 🙂 So, the Bible gives us a storehouse of life-lessons from which to learn.
There’s a reason skeptics/atheists describe Christianity as a backwoods, uneducated mode of thinking: most believers don’t know how to think critically about hard biblical questions and, in turn, can’t dialogue intelligently where Christianity is concerned.
Michael Sherrard offers this stinging paragraph in his editorial, “How the Church’s Anti-Intellectualism Will Be Her Jailer“:
“The pursuit of the knowledge of God is replaced in many with a pursuit of something that merely works. And by works, often what is pursued is a version of Christianity that brings forth the American dream rather than the Kingdom of God.
This prosperity and selfish attitude has caused a slumber, a slumber in the proverbial classroom, and the church is now awakening to an exam for which it is not prepared.
There was a time in American history…when clergy were thought to have answers. And it was not just because people didn’t know any better back then. It was because many men and women of faith were intellectuals.
They knew their bible and their history. They could speak about theology and [science].
Now many believers are ill equipped to speak about anything that does not have a mascot…
And in that regard, society should place us at the kids table.”
Former atheist, Lee Strobel, was the legal editor for the Chicago Tribune and a Yale Law School grad. Clearly, he’s no intellectual slouch. The first time I heard him speak in person he said quite boldly and confidently, “Christianity is an intelligent faith.
Jesus commanded his followers to “love the Lord your God with all of your….mind.”
Paul told the Thessalonian believers to “test everything,” to see if it’s true.
Join me – and let’s “pan for gold” together,
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick