In October 0f 2017, Martin Ban and I launched a new church in the Bishop Arts area of Dallas, TX. A little after two years, our church transitioned from "plant" to "particularized." One of my favorite moments in ministry was being voted in as one of the Ministers of the Word and Sacrament. At St Jude Oak Cliff I happily serve as the Resident Theologian. I teach classes, set the theological trajectory for SJOC, and participate in the Sunday morning liturgy. My theological classes have included the Trinity, Amos, How to Study the Bible, The Story of Scripture, Jude, Essentials of the Faith, and Race and the Church.
If you are in the Dallas area, we would love to have you join us for worship!
Theology Automatic for the People: TAP
What is TAP?
Theology comes from the two root words theos (God) and ology (study of). So, at its most basic meaning, theology is simply the study of God. This makes everyone a theologian.
Sadly, throughout much of history and in many places still today, the discipline of theology climbed to the top of ivory towers where only trained theologians were allowed to lay claim to this practice. Ridiculousness. If AW Tozer rightly observed that "what comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us," then theology belongs to the people, not just the highly trained.
At St Jude Oak Cliff, we believe Theology Automatic for the People is our way of making theology accessible to everyone. Theology because we want to study God, and Automatic for the People because R.E.M. knew what Weaver D's Delicious Fine Food in Athens, GA already knew: if you have something quality, give it away.