This past year has been exciting for ThinkTheology.org and our merry band of contributors. We’ve had several of our posts go “vial” and our readership has grown by literally thousands of people. We’re thankful that many have found our posts helpful or thought-provoking. While there’s no doubt that some of our blogging is done with a sense of “thinking out loud,” we largely want to provide resources for followers of Jesus who are either serving in leadership roles or just concerned with theological reflection. For those who have found some of our posts ridiculous, we’ve enjoyed your comments too!
At any rate, we want to take a moment and say “thanks” to all of our readers. It means a lot that you’d follow us and read our pieces, share our posts, and post your comments!
So what’s the plan for 2015?
In 2015 we are going to obviously continue to review books and write on subjects that our contributors find relevant. However, we’ve decided to focus our writings with two words in mind: dialogical and dialectic. These two words are, we believe, quite important to the ThinkTheologyorg team of contributors. They somewhat encompass what we’ve been doing and what we want to continue doing in the future.
Dialogical. Thelogical reflection, as opposed to theological rant, is best done in conversation. Dialogue is not something to be afraid of but something to be embraced. Communication, relationship, and interaction are intrinsic to our faith, which is deeply rooted in the perichoresis of the Trinity. For 2015, ThinkTheology.org wants to flesh out dialogical reflection with more consistency and intentionality. While our contributors have much in common, there are some differences that shall make for excellent conversation! Therefore, we’ll be posting a variety of those conversations in the coming future. For example, What Does One Mean by “Sacrament” or What Happens When We Are Baptized or a whole host of other subjects will be addressed with a “multiple views” approach in mind. You’ll enjoy it.
Dialectic. It’s no secret that several of our contributors enjoy Karl Barth and Jürrgen Moltmann, so there’s likely no surprise that we want to engage in more of the dialectic. This may be a new word for you and it gets used by theologians with a variety of meanings. We intend to embrace all of them! We’d like to explore the paradoxes and tensions of the Christian faith; we’d like to explore the variety of opinions related to different theological views and analyze methodology and epistemological concerns. And much of this will be done in a dialogical fashion!
In 2015, we plan to blog on the following subjects (in no particular order):
- Lord’s Supper
- Hermeneutical Approaches
- Church Staffing
- Pastoring your pastors — what does that look like?
- Discerning what a “healthy work/life balance” actually looks like (and how to safeguard it)
- What is [insert topic]?
- And much more!
Are there any subjects you’d like for us to blog on? Leave a comment with your ideas!