On the porch and theology

First of all, I’m happy to let you know that I am coming to you live from my back porch! You know my screened in porch is one of my favorite places to read…pray…think…eat…be but it’s been covered in that greenish yellowish nasty stuff we in the South call pollen. That is, until yesterday! Yesterday I cleaned and mopped and wiped and hosed off my porch and everything on it so it is now fit for me reading…praying…thinking…being!

And what a glorious day to be out here! The labor was not so fun, but the fruit? So worth it! I’m thinking I could spend the rest of the day out here–that is, if I hadn’t told my son I’d come to his math tournament awards ceremony and if we weren’t out of paper towels and other necessities that warrant a (dreaded) trip to Wal Mart…

But for now, for the time I do have before duty calls, I will enjoy and revel in the beauty of the day and clean, pollen free porch.

In other news, my pastor, my family pastor and yours truly are in the middle of putting together a group blog, “Gumshoe Theologians.” Yes, you read that correctly: me and my two pastors. It’s kind of like that Sesame Street segment, “One of these things doesn’t belong; one of these things is not like the others…” but more on that in a later post.

Now, don’t go googling for the site; we are still in process. Despite ourselves, we have a domain and are now hosted (go us!). We are now in the middle of designing and putting the site together and we’ve hired a professional to take care of that. When we’re ready to launch, I will be sure to let you know.

But, in the meantime, I’ve been thinking about theology (and some of you just sighed, I know you did). While theology is rightly understood to be the study of God, I think we are all theologians in the sense that our theology is reflected in the way we live, in our reality. How I live reveals what I believe about God. Same for you. Your reality reflects your theology.

I know I’m weird, but I love theology. I love pondering the deep things of God. I long to grow in the knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love hearing God’s Word preached; I love reading books that fuel my faith; I even love to visit blogs that sharpen my understanding and cause me to question and evaluate what it is I claim to know and believe about God.

Because we live out what we believe about God, it’s easy sometimes to turn theology into mere orthodoxy, a list of rules and behaviors to strive after. God help us.

Theology does indeed affect our reality and I think it does so by first stirring the affections. As I pursue the knowledge of God with a wholehearted fervor, as He reveals Himself to me through His Word, as I know Him in greater intimacy, I love Him more. My heart is changed and it becomes my joy and delight to walk in grateful obedience. Jesus said that those who love Him obey Him and, amazingly enough, He provides both the will and the way of obedience through His grace and His Spirit.

And a cycle emerges: the more I love Him, the more I long to seek after Him with a forceful, single minded, furious pursuit; the more I seek Him, the more I love Him…

May I be the kind of theologian that seeks after Jesus as the only true Treasure, the pearl of great price, the “one thing” I desire, and may the Truth of who He is transform my real, regular, ordinary life.

I wish the same for you.

Enough rambling. My duty as Mom and Wal Mart shopper now calls.


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

9 thoughts on “On the porch and theology”

  1. I did the big Wal-Mart trip yesterday. I was horrified how much it cost at the “cheap” store!Love your thoughts. You made me smile with that Sesame Street song, which I’m sure will now be on my brain. But I beg to differ – I think you do indeed belong!!

  2. I was just reading 1 Corinthians 8 this morning, and praying that I won’t let knowledge of God get in the way of my love for Him.Great stuff. And you may have just inspired me to clean my back porch. Maybe.

  3. “I love pondering the deep things of God.”How convenient! I was hoping you would ponder my topic today: “a loving God. evil and suffering.”I’m still reading, thinking and praying, with more to spill out . . .

  4. YEAH! LOVED this post! Theology DOES reflect in our own reality and there’s no getting around it! Totally. Absolutely. Yesssss….great post!

  5. Love this post. I completely agree with you about theology — even those who say they avoid it or shy away from it, are actually living out their own. We can’t help it — our theology is revealed in everything we do or say or think.Can’t wait to see the new blog. Very exciting!

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