I Am An Operative Theologian……..

Theology as far as I have always been concerned was something for everyone else, until a few years ago when I was asked to read a paper on The Theology of Prostitution. Yes, there are a few out there. I am intelligent, but not an academic. I read because I want to and not because I have too; well until recently. And then a few years ago, I wanted to be able to speak intelligently when I needed too about the ministry I am involved in and suddenly, I was searching for books. And in May 2014, a book was published and bingo, I had the desire to read and to learn and to soak it up. The book in question is  Stopping The Traffick – You can find out more and buy it here.

This morning I was reading it again, for I think the 3rd time and I came across the following quote.

Practitioners are effective “operative theologians.” They live and work close to human pain and suffering and bring God’s grace to bear on chaotic situations.

(CHAPTER 8 HOW CAN WE SURVIVE IN THE MIDST OF THE MESS? Theological Reflection , by Bill Prevette)

wow – that’s what I am and it makes sense. I am an “operative theologian”. I am someone who understands the need for Theology to sometimes make sense of the ministry I am involved in. You see I am convinced that theology only makes sense when it is grounded in the ministry/work we are involved in practically. There needs to be a balance of both the thought and the practical otherwise all we do is work or think (and there are far too many theorists and people who ‘just do it’ in the world.)

This idea does not just work for the sphere of work I do but for all ministries. Work with the elderly, refugees, addiction services, the homeless, children, youth and churches…………the list is endless. Let’s all be Operative Theologians and know why do what we do. You see together they make sense, separated not all.

I keep learning from this book and I will keep learning.


Facebook Reading Challenge

I was nominated by my good friend Carl Jylland-Halverson from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

It was suggested that in my FB status I list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way.

here are the guidelines: “Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Tag 10 friends including me so I can see your list.”

Here are mine:
1. The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. Stand Up & Be Counted by Tony Campolo
4. Be A Hero by Court & Campbell
5. On A Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
6. Scars & Stilettos by Harmony Dust
7. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
8. Margherita Dolcevita by Stefano Benni
9. This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti
10. With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin

actually – this wasn’t so easy and the non thinking it too much didn’t help but here they are.