Everyday theology is the reflective and practical task of living each
day as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Theology is not for Sundays only.
Disciples must walk the Christian way the whole weekend and throughout
the workweek. Theology is an everyday affair: to live to the glory of God
is a full-time privilege and pursuit. Everyday theology is the mandate of
every Christian who is actively trying to walk the way of truth and life.
Theology serves the church by directing the people of God in ways
of speaking and acting that embody the love of God, the reconciliation
won by Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Theology not
only articulates beliefs but suggests “designs for living.” Precisely what
form our life together takes, however, depends on where (and when) we
are: the house churches in first-century Palestine are a far cry from medieval
monasteries or modern megachurches. The gospel gets worked out
somewhat differently in diverse cultural settings. The gospel—the power
of God unto salvation—can transform culture; culture, however, is only
too happy to return the compliment. Everyday Christians have to learn
to negotiate their way carefully, following the one way of Jesus Christ
through a variety of cultural byways.
Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends, pg 7,
Edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, Michael J. Sleasman, Baker Academic,
a division of Baker Publishing Group. © 2007.