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Does doctrine matter? Some thoughts from @drbexl


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Does doctrinal studies/theology have a place? How does my experience speak into this debate?

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Does doctrine matter? Some thoughts from @drbexl

  2. 2. Worldview Foucault maintained that rules of discourse are applied within historically defined periods and socially specific groups. These define and produce ideas of „truth‟ and knowledge which govern, at any given time, ‘what is valid, sayable and possible’. Such rules are associated with institutions, which, structured themselves by discourses, also play a key part in the regulation of populations through discourse. Lewis, PhD Thesis, 2004 (p27)
  3. 3. Pathway to Impact
  4. 4. Pathway to Impact “Theology therefore has a role in articulating and displaying some of the ways in which the church contributes to the public good.”
  5. 5. Rev Prof David Wilkinson God is a communicating God: “In the beginning was the word, and the word was God…”. God is extravagant in communication – he is not a silent God who has to be tempted into communicating with people. Image Credit: Durham University
  6. 6. The Church Front Door? •For many churchgoing is no longer the ‘cultural norm’ … online social spaces …are now effectively the ‘front door’ to your church for digital users, and you ignore those spaces at your peril. /growing_churches_in_the_digital_age Image Credit:
  7. 7. Time to Respond? scott-walker-refuses-to-take-down-religious-tweet/
  8. 8. Timely Response… The „no make-up selfies‟ trend has polarised the twittersphere. Discussion on the topic frequently ending with the „but it‟s for CHARITY trump-card‟ which renders the disagree-er at best an altruism kill-joy. and-narcissism-and-the-no-make-up- selfie/
  9. 9. #DIGIdisciple • We all have something to contribute to the digital space: • Living 24/7 for God • Online/Offline, not Virtual/Real • Are we the same person, living by the same values in both ‘spaces’? Image Credit: The Worship Cloud
  10. 10. Luke 6:45 (NIV) A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
  11. 11. Community… … really struck me from Maggi‟s material today, is how Lent has become so much of an individual exercise, whereas it used to be more of a community exercise – caring for each other and each other‟s development (this is what #BIGRead14 was intended to overcome – let‟s work through the same material together and see what each of us brings to the table) hospitality/
  12. 12. #BIGBible •Voices from •pew •pulpit •university
  13. 13. First/Second Order … it is the lives of the faithful, supremely the life of Christ, that tell the truth about God, and doctrine orders those lives to be more truthful.
  14. 14. Some Issues… • Authenticity? • Anonymity? • Authority? • Attention • Creativity • What is the ‘essence’ of church?
  15. 15. DOCTRINE MATTERS? some-thoughts-from-drbexl