I'm sure you've noticed that phrase on this blog and definitely if you follow me and my hashtags on Facebook. It's a crucial piece of how I think and what I write about so rather than assuming you understand... here's how "Everything is Theological" changed my life.
I first heard it as a senior at Moody Bible Institute by my brand-new advisor Mark Eckel. He had piece of paper tacked to his office door in Fitzwater Hall that said simply: "everything is theological". No capital letters or anything. Just those words. Our class wasn't big but we were the first group to complete the entire 4 year ACSI certification program from start to finish. We kinda thought we were a big deal.
Then comes this new advisor - a guy (in our mostly female prof selection). He essentially tells us that all we'd learned up to that point about integrating the Bible into our lessons had to be unlearned. We weren't very nice to him. Slowly (very slowly) he changed our minds and our lives as he modeled for us what he meant.
He kept explaining that all truth was God's truth. Pieces of it can be found everywhere - even in false religions. Finding truth there doesn't validate the religion rather it points to the Creator who wants us to know Him. They are signs showing us who He is. As a very black and white sort of thinker, I could hardly process that. How is it that my life of list-following (listen to this music, not that! read these books, NEVER those!) law-abiding (grace mirage) life didn't work?! I could teach a math lesson and slide in a biblical-integration at the end and call it good. A verse a day could keep the devil away, couldn't it?! I could compartmentalize life and love it. You just watch me.
Somehow the second week of school isn't nearly as glamorous as the first. Mainly because no one wants to document it with the many super cute pictures such as this one of my boys!
My 6th grader came upstairs at 6:20 moving slow and summed it all up with, "I am so exhausted." I just gave her a hug, made her some scrambled eggs (hoping the protein would jumpstart her day) and got her out to the bus in time.
Her 4th and 1st grade brothers made their appearance just after she left. (Cue the part of the morning when things can go really well or really not.) This morning, it landed on really not. There was lots of emotion and drama and random issues. I managed to get them both ready and we sat on the couch for our story time - except today was a much-needed reset conversation with a few minutes of prayer time before they headed out to the bus.
I'm passionate about words, books and thinking and theology but most importantly, applying it to the reality of life... everything is theological!
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