I mentioned that I got a copy of The Jesus Creed the other day. It looks to be a great book, written by a theologian yet accessible to anyone without dumbing down.
Scot McKnight reminds me of one of my professors who had a similar gift (although some different theological positions). No other professor could have made us want to show up for three hours on a Friday afternoon to a theology class. Stan made it the place to be. He mixed solid thinking with clarity and piety. I still keep a 3-inch binder in my office of notes from his class. I would sit through them again if I could. (I’m sure he’s no longer using a dot matrix printer for his handouts.)
I agree, by the way, with Wayne Grudem when he says:
I do not believe that God intended the study of theology to be dry and boring. Theology is the study of God and all his works! Theology is meant to be lived and prayed and sung!…and theology when studied rightly will lead to growth in our Christian lives, and to worship.
Scot also reminds me of a friend who has a passion for communicating a complex subject with clarity. He maintains a website called TechStuff – “Technology in Plain Language”. Different subject, same principle.
I love technology, but what I love even more is the idea of theology in plain language, written not just for academics, but in service to the church. May their tribe increase.