Depending on how long you’ve been reading here, you may have noticed a) I changed the name on the blog and/or b) this was the original name from back in the Spring, and we’re merely returning to it. I thought I’d take a moment and explain, and to give you a rundown on what I’m doing here.
Back over the summer, I wanted to try to expand the content of the blog and focus it more on just whatever I wanted to write about. This led to changing the title to “Words With Nate” since it is both a) vague, and b) a play on word using my name. This would allow me to pretty write about whatever and it still fit under the blog focus.
I’ve come to realize this is a mistake. Maybe not for everyone, but in my case, it was. For me, I think I need to have a specific purpose to my blogging, but also I think you the reader need to have something specific that you expect me to bring to the table in my blogging.
So, the more I thought about it, the more it seems to me that what I really enjoy doing and writing about is thinking theologically about life, ministry, and culture. This doesn’t necessarily mean driving everything back to a discussion of theological topics, but rather, it is a way of attempting to self-consciously look at everything through the lens provided by a Christian worldview.
More than just thinking, I’d like to push toward application. In other words, I’d like to have a more ethical thrust to what I write. Or, to put it differently, I’d like to do thinking that results in practical applications. In Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church, Michael Lawrence details how one moves from the story of the Bible to real life application, which in essence, is what results from thinking theologically. In the chapter devoted to explaining the how and why of systematic theology, he summarizes:
Why do we do systematic theology [i.e. think theologically]? Because theology is the application of truth to life; because theology is the foundation for every good work; because theology provides the framework and the worldview that allows us to make sense of our lives and this world in relation to God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
That is a good summary of the purpose is my blogging here. For a better overview of how to move from the Bible to life via theology, this book is a great resource. Other sources I would highly recommend are Michael Emlet’s CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, and John Frame’s Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. The former is more explicitly concerned with hermeneutics (the study of Scripture), while the latter is more concerned with issues surrounding our knowledge of God and how to approach it. These are just a couple of examples of some resources I’d recommended to start you on your own journey thinking theologically, perhaps we need a series devoted to working through it?
To bring it all to a single thought, I’m blogging on here to provide resources for people interested in living a full-orbed Christian life that is center on Jesus Christ. I think being able to do that starts with first, having a renovated heart, and then second, with a continual dedication to renewing your mind. I didn’t have anything to do with the former, but I hope I can spur you on toward the latter. Occasionally, I’ll post some humorous links to pictures and videos, but for the most part, I’d like what I provide on here to both stimulate your thinking and provoke a practical response.