Theology matters - to our lives,
and to the life of the world.
Luther once wrote: “Faith takes
hold of Christ and has Him present, enclosing Him as the ring encloses the gem.”
The idea that we hold faith because faith holds us, and that faith holds us
because faith holds Christ, is vital. We hold faith as we seek to know Christ
better, exploring Christian doctrines and deepening our understanding of the
impact and relevance to our day-to-day lives. Faith holds us as we respond to
Christ’s calling, negotiate life’s challenges, and join in the work of bringing
in God’s kingdom.
book conveys the content of core Christian doctrines and then addresses the “so
what?” of each, its take away, how it matters to our everyday living, and how it
shapes our spiritual and ethical practices. Using theological literature and
Scripture but also current events, sociology, fiction, and movies, the author
shows that theology matters. It matters to our lives and it matters to the life
of the world. How we understand theology and its core beliefs has an impact on
who we know ourselves to be and how we relate to God and to one another. Holding
Faith concretely shows how various and diverse
understandings of particular doctrines play out in relation to the way lives are
lived and ethical systems put forward. It holds that some approaches to
Christian doctrine are preferable to others, making persuasive arguments for
Scripture is consistently used and
sourced throughout the book as arguments are developed.
Table of Contents:
One: Speaking of God
One - How Can We Speak of God? The Doctrine of Revelation
Two - Where Do We Find the Right Words to Say? The Doctrine of
Two: God Meets Us
Three - Where Does God Meet Us? The Doctrine of the Incarnation
Four - In What Ways Does God Claim Us? The Doctrine of the Trinity
Three: God Makes Us
Five - Who Did God Create Us to Be? The Doctrines of Creation & Fall
Six - Who Is God Making Us Into? The Doctrine of Sin &
Four: God Blesses Us
Seven - Where Is Our Home? The Doctrine of the Church.
Eight - What Does It Mean to Be God’s Children? The Doctrine of the
Five: God Sends Us
Nine - Where Are We Headed? The Doctrine of Christian Hope.
Ten - What Are We Called to Do? The Doctrine of Christian Vocation.