Another year begins at Redcliffe College with a wonderful bunch of new students. Once the returning students arrive this weekend the place will be buzzing with people from 24 different nations.
Yesterday included a session on ‘theological orientation’ in which tutors shared some of their experiences of study theology in an academic context. I had two main points:
1. Do read and engage with stuff you don’t agree with. Some of my favourite writers are those with whom I have serious theological reservations. But I have been inspired by and learned from their work.
2. Don’t divorce your study from your discipleship. Sometimes you may encounters fellow believers who are suspicious about the whole enterprise of studying Biblical Studies, Theology, Missiology or whatever as if it will take you away from the realities of following Jesus. But studying should always be done in the context of worship and for the service of God’s people.