Martin Luther: The person does not deserve to be called a theologian who looms upon the invisible things of God as though they were clearly perceptible in those things which have actually happened… He deserves to be a theologian, however, who comprehends the visible and manifest things of God seen through suffering and the cross.

Karl Barth: A theologian who does not enjoy his work is no theologian at all.

Merriam-Webster: : a person who is an expert on theology

When you think of theology what do you think? I am finding an increasing number of people who when I ask them about their personal theology I am getting two common answers. “That’s just the way I was raised” and “well my pastor says.” You may not realize it, but you are a theologian. You are an expert on your own theology, on your own understanding about the nature of God.

Read the stories. Read a story. Think for yourself about the meaning and the implication. If you feel a desire to understand it more then ask questions. Do research on the time period.  Ask experts. But evaluate what you hear. Take nothing at a deep level. Evaluate what you hear and with a lot of prayer take up the meaning for yourself.

Don’t know how to pray? Start with Jesus’ instruction on prayer, commonly referred to as the Lord’s Prayer:

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