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During one of my first classes in seminary, our professor told us we needed to begin thinking Christianly about counseling. In order to do that, he said, we needed to understand Christianity: what the Bible says and what we believe. In short, we needed to know theology.

He believed this to be so important that he took the entire second half of the semester to give us a crash course in basic theology. Even though we were all required to take Systematic Theology 1 & 2, in his class it was different. Once we understood the theological concept, we then applied it to counseling. This helped us determine what we thought about psychological disorders, presenting problems, and potential therapeutic techniques for use in counseling.

We looked at counseling and psychology through the lens of Scripture and theology rather than a purely secular view.

What does this have to do with you?

Clearly, thinking Christianly applies to every aspect of our lives. We need to view everything in our lives through the lens of Scripture and what the Bible teaches. In order to do that, we need to know theology. We need to know what the Bible teaches.

In this new weekly series, I am going to tackle one theological issue each week. We will start slow and take baby steps. It may take us multiple weeks to cover a given topic well. I will be using Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem as my primary resource. You absolutely do not need the book to follow along. I just wanted to be upfront about the framework I will be coming from.

I will also draw practical applications from the theological topic to our daily lives. We will look at how this issue affects our blogging, marriages, parenting, work life, etc. The plan is to have have action steps to take each week.

Finally, I am going to attempt to answer your questions about the previous week’s topic. I will either research the issue myself, or if I feel very incompetent, I will ask someone to come in and guest post for us.

Disclaimer: I am by no means a theological expert. My Master’s degree is from a seminary, so I have had some theological training. However, nothing replaces your own individual study. I encourage you to take what you read here and go back to the original Scripture to study and see for yourself what God has said on each topic.

I also ask that you pray for me. For God to give me clear words. For readers to come and receive what He has for them here.

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