On Monday Andy and I attended a day at the Bible Society with Dr Paula Gooder on the topic of Paul the Protagonist.
We both enjoyed the day – Paula was a compelling and accessible speaker. I enjoyed exercising my ‘theological muscles’, looking deeper (!) and exploring context and meaning.
Days like these remind me how much I love theology – the deep, dynamic journey of seeking and expressing words about God. Andy bought me her book ‘Heaven‘ which I am devouring happily in between housework (it’s been a rather domestic couple of days!).
So often I forget what I love – exploring the bible and its meaning, finding out what it meant then in order to reflect on what it means now, listening and digesting (not just ingesting!) new thoughts and perspectives (or old ones I had forgotten).
I fall into the trap of feeling simply exploring and studying for my own enjoyment is some how not worth it – but then when I am doused by the joy of it, this seems ridiculous.
I am often ridiculous. Most people are, at some point or another.
But what better way to spend my time than trying to know God better, in whatever way that might be?