I sent off my aforementioned essay late on October 31st, while Andy was teaching part of the third Presence module. It was good to have it completed. Let me know if you'd like a copy (if you're interested in 5,000-word essays exploring the importance of interpreting Scripture with the ancient church, that is).
So today I embarked on to the second module (of three) of the Master's program, which is called the Theology of the Poor. It explores issues in biblical interpretation that relate to how the gospel relates to "the poor" today. It promises to be an interesting ride! This morning I looked at the way different groups have interpreted Jesus' use of the "kingdom of God" motif, and analyzed the validity of it. It was an interesting exercise, especially in light of my charismatic heritage, the Vineyard roots of my church, and my recent interest in the societal, transformational, and liturgical implications of the gospel. It might prove to be the topic of the next essay (due February 2009).
Despite the hard work involved, I find that I really enjoy theology (probably no surprise to some of you!). But I find I don't enjoy it in some kind of esoteric way, like I just like living in the realm of ideas. What I really love to do is take these important theological ideas and translate them into implications for daily life. I am discovering that I don't study theology because I'm fascinated with the ideas, but because I am passionate about the church living into its true calling to be the people of God in the world. So viva la theology and viva la church! And Happy Monday.