Systematic Theology…

Here is an email from my Systematic Theology Professor…

Dear Systematic Theologians,

Three things from me.

First, you should be getting your marks for the first assignment this week.

Second, I’ve been asked about late assignments. All late assignments will be docked a letter grade for each day the work is late. So if it is graded an ‘A’ and is a day late, it gets ‘A-‘; if two days late, ‘B+’; three days, ‘B’ … and so on.

Third, if you’re wondering ‘why would he EVER think I’ll turn in a piece of work late? What could be more important than theology?!’ Well, I know. I agree. I understand. But … some people are like this:


It explains a lot, don’t you think? See you Tuesday.

BW,

Prof. C.

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This House Looks So Unstable!

Matthew:
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Creation and Evolution

Here are some of the most interesting stats:

Pastors in the Northeast are more likely than their counterparts in any other region to strongly agree that God used evolution to create people. While 25 percent of Northeastern pastors strongly agree, only 13 percent in the West, 12 percent in the Midwest and 8 percent in the South feel similarly.


Pastors of larger churches are less likely to believe in evolution than those in smaller congregations. Only 4 percent of pastors in churches with 250 or more in attendance strongly agree that God used evolution to create humans. In comparison, 13 percent in churches with attendance of 0-49, 14 percent with 50-99 and 12 percent with 100-249 feel the same.


Pastors who consider themselves Mainline are more likely than Evangelicals to believe in evolution. Among those identifying themselves as Mainline, 25 percent strongly agree that God used evolution to create humans. Only 8 percent of Evangelicals strongly agree.


Pastors who indicate they are Evangelical are more likely than their Mainline colleagues to strongly agree that Adam and Eve were literal people (82 percent vs. 50 percent).


Pastors with graduate degrees are more likely to strongly disagree that Adam and Eve were literal people than those whose highest level of education is a bachelor’s degree (16 percent vs. 2 percent).


Pastors in the South are most likely to strongly disagree that most of their congregation believes in evolution.


Younger pastors are the least likely age bracket to strongly disagree that the earth is 6,000 years old.


For me the most surprising statistic was the second one. Thanks @Edstetzer

Scattered Thoughts on Theology and Culture…