We all have a unique way of looking at the world that is shaped by our culture, experiences, and whatever else we put in our brains. Your worldview shapes (and is shaped by) your understanding of who God is, who you are, and how those things relate.
If you believe God is good and wants to be in relationship with you, you’ll act differently than if you think he doesn’t exist or that he exists but hates you. If you believe that God created the world, and people in general (and you specifically), with a purpose it will affect how you view your days. If you believe God is angry at you and waiting for you to mess up, you’ll carry anxiety about your “performance” and probably be a bit critical of others. If you believe that sinning will cause you to loose your salvation, then you’re likely either have a strict list of rules and work really hard not to do anything wrong, ever, …or give up and live like the failure that you know you are. If you believe God created men and women equal in essence but with distinct roles you may be tempted to step back from a leadership role you feel called and equipped to fill. Our beliefs, how we speak about God (and ourselves and the world), have life-altering, world-changing consequences.
The word Theology comes from two Greek words: theos, which means “God” and logos which means “word, matter, or the study of.” Theology, then, is words about, or the study of, God (and the things he talks about). Everyone has ideas about who God is, who they are, and how those things relate even if they aren’t always aware of their believes or haven’t evaluated them to determine if they are the beliefs they want to have.
Everyone who thinks about God or talks about God (or humans, or the world, or why bad things happen, or how to deal with pain, or what to eat, or…) is a theologian at some level. Examining your theology might be a new thing for you or you might be well on your journey and decide you want to join us for this leg of it but no matter where you are on the journey you have theology and you are a theologian.
Your life and your voice matter. And the theology that informs what you say and how you act matters. Wine and Milk is your invitation to discover and evaluate your beliefs. It’s your invitation to ask, “What do I believe?” “Do I like what I believe?” “Is it true?” “What does the Bible say?” “What do others believe?” Wine and Milk is your invitation to become a better theologian with life-altering and world-changing consequences.
Every week, sometimes twice a week, I’ll post about a different aspect of theology (but I’ll begin with a few preliminary “about theology” posts, like this one). Though my theology is distinctly Wesleyan-Arminian, I have more experience teaching at Baptist and Reformed schools and have an affinity for both traditional liturgy and bold movements of the Holy Spirit. So, while we’ll be following the Wesleyan Church’s Articles of Religion, and our conversations will have a distinct Wesleyan flair, I’ll be very intentional to make this a safe space for everyone to be part of the conversation. I invite and encourage honest questions, reserve the right to ignore or delete trolls and rabbit trails, and will respect honor those with differing views.