Is Theology A Big Scary Monster Under the Bed?

This weekend I went to a nearby church where Aimee Byrd was speaking, the author of Housewife Theologian. I haven’t read the book yet, however, I was intrigued after reading this affirming review. I keep thinking about what she said (that’s always a good sign that the Spirit is on the move), and so I thought I’d type out her points and share them with my beloveds:

  • Every person is a theologian (theology being the study of knowing God).
  • The question is, are you a good theologian or a poor one?
  • Jesus prayed for us. He prayed that we would be good theologians and would truly know him. John 17:3- And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
  • Sometimes we can be fearful of theology; big words intimidate us, theological debates can seem too thorny and so we avoid them. We have a passive take on theology or a fearful one. But let’s say you were diagnosed with a bizarre, strange disease. What would you do? Because it’s important to you, you would google it, read books, research and talk to people in order to learn as much as you can. You wouldn’t let the foreign nature of medical language stop you, you would persevere because the subject matters to you. What a perfect metaphor for theology that Aimee Byrd has described here!! Don’t let intimidating words/concepts stop you from being a good theologian, from knowing God.
  • Theology is confessional–read the Word voraciously. Our rich creeds in Christianity can help us navigate through Scripture. Can you articulate how Jesus is Lord both in his Person and in his Work?
  • Fitness- holding fast to anything requires fitness. Strive to not just know about God, but to know him intimately. This is day in and day out. Stamina. As Paul says in Hosea 6:3, “Let us know; let us press on to know the Lordhis going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” (kudos to those of you who remembered that’s my verse of the year) 🙂
  • Practicality- what we believe about God shapes our everyday behavior and decisions. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking theology is simply academic, having nothing to do with daily life. Interestingly, Aimee pointed out the #1 target audience for self-help books is women. Yes, that’s the publisher’s issue, but statistics show women are consuming them, not men. Women are seeking help in the wrong places; Christ is way more worth knowing about. As Aimee says, “If women are to reflect the Church’s relationship to Christ, well, we should know a good deal about Christ!”
  • Last, I got goosebumps (the good kind) when Aimee prayed for us using Col. 1:3-13. She asked us to notice how “theological” it was. Check it out, it is QUITE so. She asked, “Are your prayers this theological?” I answered in my head, “No way.” But I’m excited to grow in this pursuit of knowing God more intimately, in becoming a good theologian. Are you?

One last Aimee Byrd plug: I’ve been listening to this podcast called “Mortification of Spin” hosted by two great current male theologians, Carl Trueman and Todd Pruitt, and Aimee often joins them. I’d encourage you to subscribe (free through itunes). It’s very entertaining, as well as theological enriching. Plus, it’s awesome to hear Aimee hold her own among these two sharp men. Way to represent!

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2 thoughts on “Is Theology A Big Scary Monster Under the Bed?

  1. Wow! Aimee sounds like an incredibly wise and gifted woman! What a treat that you got to hear her speak and that we get to feast on some of the gems from her talk through this post of yours. I’m definitely one of those people intimidated by the word “theology.” But thinking about it in terms of simply knowing God and seeking after Him, well, that I can do! (Or like you, get better at doing.) #encouraged

  2. I listened last night to the Mortification of Spin episode about Special Revelation where Aimee and the two others discuss the Jesus Calling books by Sarah Young. Quite enlightening. She does hold her own!

    Since I’ve been using commentaries this spring in my Bible reading, I do agree with her. I just wish she didn’t use the term HOUSEWIFE in her book title. Even my dear 90 year old mother says that we women aren’t married to our houses! We are homemakers, or….., or….I’d like to hear her explain her decision to use that term in her title!

    On another note, in the recent 30th edition of Seven (from Wheaton’s Wade Center) there is an article on the radio program Brains Trust, that CS Lewis participated in, also with a woman and several men, where he fared poorly. But he learned from the experience. We’re coming back again to radio even if it’s in more varied formats…programs like this help to get good theology out there!

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