The Latin phrase crux sola est nostra theologica [“the cross alone is our theology,” Martin Luther, Weimarer Ausgabe 5.176.32-33] is a mantra that helped formulate early Reformed theology, and it reminds us that the Cross is the locus of what we believe and the lens through which we see the world. If I were to ask you the basic question, “What do you believe about God?” — whatever you believe and however you respond, we’re engaging in theology. We all have some sort of view about God. Since theology is inescapable for every person, it’s only a matter of whether we’re going to be good theologians or bad theologians. To be a good theologian is to think according to God’s revelation, and to be a bad theologian is to think according to anything else. So we owe it to God, those we care about and ourselves to know what we believe, why we believe it and how to explain it. We are called not to be theologians using just our own senses and resources, but to be true “theologians of the cross,” enlightened by the revelation that can only come through Christ.
My hope and persistent prayer is that through the resources at Benyola.net, that my readers will come to believe, as I do, that theology is not just for pastors, professors and seminarians. Preaching on Psalm 5, Martin Luther said, “We all are theologians — every Christian! ‘Theology’ means God’s Word; ‘theologian’ means one who speaks God’s words. Each and every Christian should be such a person.”
I delight in communicating through writing to the glory of God. I discuss various topics here, but for the sake of unity in purpose, everything ties into Christian theology. Because I’m dealing with matters of spiritual depth, a statement of faith is included to help readers understand what I believe from the outset of whatever topics I explore.
Besides theological study, the experience that goes into my writing spans journalism, public relations, marketing, creative project management, print and web publishing. I’ve been privileged to work in-house or as a consultant for various organizations including corporations, government, sales agents and firms, and not-for-profits. Some of the faith-based organizations I’ve been able to help include the Scouts BSA (during a cretaceous era in our society’s less-enlightened past when it was embarrassingly known as “Boy Scouts of America”), Cru International and Wycliffe Bible Translators.
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