As I have moved from the East Coast to the West – I have also moved from being an evangelist-apologist to a theologian. I have also gone from focusing mostly on pastoral issues and leadership to an academic discipline of Practical Theology in dialogue with Process thought and PostLiberal criticism.
One of the things that I have had to develop is the ability to summarize issue and explain topics in about 3 sentences. I have become a master at introducing something new to folks in 3 sentences – because that is about all you get.
My Mainline associates (church & school) are baffled that I have preached 1,000 sermons and have cast out nearly 100 demons. My Evangelical friends have no idea what an alb & stole are and wouldn’t recognize a lectionary if it stuck a finger up their nose [not to mention a vestry or chancel]. I get to initiate Liberals who have never heard of ‘treasure hunts’, Evangelicals who have never heard of Bultmann, Charismatics ignorant of lectio divina and Mainliners to emergence theory.
Tripp and I got a lot of practice at this earlier in the year when we were promoting the Emergent Village Theological Conversation with Process Theology (Jan 2012). I love to do it with all sorts of topics in scholarship and philosophy.
It’s fun! You should give it a try. Pick one of the following topics and give ‘er a rip:
- Wittgenstein is 3 sentences
- Womanist Thought in 3 sentences
- Liberation Theology in 3 sentences
- Tillich in 3 sentences
A while ago we had fun around here with “7 Word Sermons”. I was so impressed with the collective innovation and ingenuity that I thought it was time for another session.
This weekend we will be celebrating a landmark Birthday for one Mr. Tripp Fuller … SO I thought that it would be great to give Tripp a Birthday present that only a collection of theology nerds could give!
Pannenberg in 3 sentences.
Friday afternoon I will be recording a TNT with Tripp – and for his birthday present from me, he asked if we could talk about Pannenberg! (it’s called a Theology Nerd Throwdown for a reason folks).
I will use anything you put forward by showtime and I know that it will keep Tripp smilin’ all weekend as the contributions come rollin’ in.
Thank you Deacons! and Happy Birthday Tripp