Trevin Wax’s Interview With Darian Lockett & Mickey Klink
In the course of
the conversation they discussed the process of writing the book, the importance
of Biblical Theology for the Church, and why they felt the term Biblical
Theology needed some clarification.
Below is an excerpt, and you can read the rest here.
"Trevin Wax: What’s the risk of 'talking past
each other' in discussions on biblical theology? How does this hinder ministry
outside of the ivory tower of academia and in the day-to-day practice of church
leaders and church members?
Mickey Klink: The risk, Trevin, is the
facilitation of chaos of the church’s reading of the Bible and its theology.
The academy has its own standardized schema (e.g.,
criticisms, schools of thought, etc) for reading and putting the Bible
together. But what does the contemporary Evangelical church have? If they are
honoring the contemporary practice they have “no schema (or creed) but the
Bible!” In an Evangelical culture far removed from the Rule of Faith, let alone
the Creeds and Confessions, the primary lens and tool for putting the Bible
together is what we now call 'Biblical Theology.'
For this reason Biblical Theology, and its definition and
practice, is of vital importance to the church, that is, to the pastoral staff,
the elders, the small group leaders, and even to the people in the pew, for it
becomes (implicitly or explicitly) the 'rule' or the 'schema'that puts all the
details together and supports the functional exhortation from the Scriptures
regarding living life for God.
In this way our book is not just helping people talk to and
evaluate one another, but also evaluate themselves. It is an attempt to be
self-critical regarding our own methods and presuppositions toward the Bible
and 'its theology.'"
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