During my undergrad at Moody Bible Institute, I would often enter the city through the famous Moody Arches . These three-pointed arches would lead me to classes, ministries, and further adventures. While strolling through this innate archway, it was hard to ignore the reminder inscripted upon the wall,
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
-2 Timothy 2:15 (KJVA)
For some context, Paul was offering guidance to Timothy for church leadership and Christian behavior. The inscription above is the mission statement for any Theologian. Certainly, for us at WTM.
Though, who is the Theologian? Theology comes from the Greek Theos (meaning God) and logia (meaning to study or speak upon). When we think, talk, or engage with God, we practice Theology . If we have an opinion upon God (even when denying Him!) we practice Theology.
Our first issue’s theme is Into Today. From whiteness ideologies, Protestant imagery, all the way to apologetics, this theme caused a variety of subjects. That is because Theology engages with God – the standard of Truth , but it also engages with our experiences in the world. This world presents a combination of falsities and truth. Not to mention the added confusion between the two.
We hope to offer you answers for your questions, sharing our studies with you. For too long, the Theologian has remained in academic circles apart from the everyday church-goer. The great Theologian Jürgen Moltmann addressed it better than I, “Theology is always in a triangle of church, the public, and the academy. Theology takes place in the pulpit, the marketplace, and the lecture hall. Theologians live in the Christian community, the public community, and the academic community” .
So we reach out to you: Christ’s church. Whereas academia has constrained Theology unto itself, we hope to offer free, accessible, and practical Theology Into Today. At WTM, our services are offered so that it would encourage you to study well, work and not be ashamed, and grant the ability to rightly divide the word of truth. In such a busy world, we offer you Theology that is worthwhile – Theology that causes deeper intimacy with God and neighbor.
1. While I found the MBI arches of encouragement, they would not go without controversy. See Dr. McDuffy for more:
2. Andre van oudtshoorn, "Prayer and Practical Theology" International Journal of Practical Theology, (Vol. 16, Is. 2, May 1, 2013)286. DOI 10.1515/ijpt-20120018, “Everyone who prays is a theologian. Not necessarily a theologian in the popular sense of the word – ‘someone who writes incomprehensible books on topics that nobody cares about’ – or in the academic sense of – ‘someone who scientifically reflects on the Word of God’ – but in the more general sense of the word, namely – ‘someone who claims to know something about God.’”
3. Jn. 14:6 ESV, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
4. Jürgen Moltmann, "The Future of Theology" The Ecumenical Review (Vol. 88, Is. 1, Mar 2016), 3.