The goal of theological interpretation

Theological interpretation of the Bible achieves its end when readers enter into the world of the biblical texts with faith, hope, and love. When we make God’s thoughts become our thoughts and God’s word become our word, we begin to participate in the world of the text, in the grand drama of divine redemption. This is perhaps the ultimate aim of theological interpretation of the Bible:to know the triune God by participating in the triune life, in the triune mission to creation.Introduction
What Is Theological Interpretation of the Bible? Introduction by Kevin J. Vanhoozer.

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Jesus is Christ son of the living God

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is? ’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; thers say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. ’ ‘But what about you? ’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am? ’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ,the Son of the living God’. Matthew 16:13- 1

Believe in Christ

Another important aspect of John’s call to belief is that we are invited to believe in Jesus Christ, the person- not merely His message, His teaching, His example, or His challenge to live in a certain way. We are called first and foremost to believe in Him. This was the intellectual and moral crisis presented to people of all kinds in John’s narrative, many of whom responded with belief, complete trust.
SWINDOLL’S NEW TESTAMENT
INSIGHTS INSIGHTS ON JOHN
by CHARLES R. SWINDOLL

Oklahoma tornado: Tragedy for the Christian?

The bottom-line assumption for anyone who believes in the God of providence is that ultimately there are no tragedies. God has promised that all things that happen-all pain, all suffering, all tragedies-are but for a moment, and that He works in and through these events for the good of those who love Him (Rom. 8:28). That’s why the apostle Paul said that the pain, the suffering, the affliction that we bear in this world isn’t worthy to be compared, isn’t worthy to be mentioned in the same breath, with the glory and the blessedness that God has stored up for His people (Rom. 8:18).

R. C. Sproul. Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life (Kindle Locations 509-512). Kindle Edition.

The defeat of the State

The cross was not the defeat of Christ at the hands of the powers; it was the defeat of the powers at the hands yes, the bleeding hands – of Christ. This is the great theme of Passiontide: `the royal banners forward go’.

N. T. Wright. Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship (p. 19). Kindle Edition.

Everyday Theology

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.

 

At this early stage of mytheodrama my goal is to post little of my thoughts. I want to provide meaningful quotes from those that I find interesting. I hope to entertain, provoke and begin conversations.

You will be able to learn little about me other then from the posts. Mytheodrama is about me only to the extent that one can infer something  from the posts.

As the name of this blog suggests the umbrella theme of this blog  is the drama of life with Christ, the stage,  our rolls, the script and the directors. For this insight and help I thank Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer of TEDS.

Until next time,

mytheodrama