“Adopt” or “Adapt”: Doing Theology in a Changing Culture
About the Topic
We all read the Bible through our cultural lenses: our background and experiences, our church traditions, our education, our family (and so forth). Everyone accepts that this is true. But how significant this is not always obvi-ous to us in how it affects the way we live our personal lives and our lives as Christians in the church and in our cul-ture.
Our culture and circumstances are very different from the culture and circumstances out of which the Bible springs, but when we read the Bible we automatically assume:
1. We know the agenda/intention of the original writers
2. We understand what the writers (and God!) are saying for us in the church today
3. We know whether to “adopt” teach-ings (and commands) directly or to “adapt” them to our present con-texts, and how to “adapt” them cor-rectly.
These sessions will invite us to think better about how we hear, study, and apply the Bible in a culture that is rapid-ly changing.
Session 1: 8:45 am
Building a Foundation: The Mission of God!
Does our interpretation lead to bringing God’s love to a broken world?
Session 2: 10:30 am
Theology within our Culture: Understanding a Redemptive God in our world.
Does our interpretation and practice lead to redemption in our current cultural setting?
Session 3: 8:45 am
Developing a Theology – Part 1: Thinking Biblically
Is our interpretation consistent with the freedoms established by the Bible?
Session 4: 10:30 am
Developing a Theology – Part 2: Thinking Historically
Is our interpretation consistent with the theological development of the Bible as it unfolds?
Session 5: 8:45 am
Developing a Theology Part 3: Thinking Historically
Does our interpretation allow for bringing the eschatological (“end-time”) Kingdom into our present world?
Session 6: 10:30 am
Functional vs. Confessional Theology: Walking our Talk!
Are our individual practices consistent with our stated beliefs?
About the Speaker
Jim and Nancy have been married since 1984. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Jim grew up in South Florida… a true beach bum! After high school he joined the US Navy’s nucle-ar program and was stationed in San Die-go, CA where he met his first wife, Judy. She went to be with the Lord after they had been married 5 years from complica-tions relating to Cystic Fibrosis. This left Jim with a 1 and 3 year old.
Jim and Nancy met at a nuclear plant in Colorado… how romantic is that? After getting married they had two chil-dren together. They served together in Germany as missionaries. While in Ger-many, Jim discovered his gifting as a teacher and passion for being with people. Jim’s passion for teaching led him to inter-national ministry where he annually teaches at schools in Nepal, India, and Mozambique. After Germany, they moved to Dallas, TX where Jim attended semi-nary and completed a Th.M. and Ph.D. in New Testament Studies.
Jim loves hiking, camping, skiing, sailing, four-wheeling, taekwondo (he has his 1 Dan black belt) and reading. Jim also loves being pastor at Dillon Community Church in Dillon, Colorado.
October 17-19 2016
Contact Nick Oegema in the SDO with questions.