In the Middle Ages, Theology was named “Queen of the Sciences.” It was a noble idea, that the study of God is the greatest of all studies. The problem is, this puts theology on a pedestal far away from where we live our lives.
I think that this problem is painfully apparent in our modern life. These days we’re convinced life can be boiled down to information to be quantified and experiences to be bought and sold. That is, until we are stuck alone in a quiet room with our own thoughts, or tragedy shakes us from our futile busyness.
What if placing theology on a pedestal actually killed it? Being a queen means no longer walking among the base. Maybe the reason “men lead lives of quiet desperation” is that we can an find no depth, or purpose in our day to day.
Everyday Theology isn’t that different from what Jesus did when he strode through the streets of ancient Palestine. He took God from heaven to earth. A theology modeled after Jesus will take our ideas God and eternity and push them through the sieve of daily life.
My friend John Chandler has organized a get together of compadres from Ecclesia Network, Missio Alliance and a few “off the map” communities of Jesus people from around Texas. Dr. Roger Olson, of Truett Theological Seminary and the Missio Alliance, will kick things off. He will be followed by 13 practitioners, from 13 different church communities, telling their stories of how theology shapes our activities and our thinking, not just on Sunday, but Monday through Saturday as well.
I’m thrilled that John’s going to let me help MC, and that we’re hosting at my home away from home Space12.
I hope you can join us.