One of my goals throughout the process of getting a PhD has been to always keep the people in the local congregation in mind. It is painful to see someone’s eyes glaze over when I start to talk. That’s when I realize I’ve slipped into academic-speak. I don’t want to be that guy. If the people in the local church can’t understand what I’m saying, then what’s the point of saying it?
This is a difficult balance to maintain, because the deeper one goes into the academic world, the more one realizes that big words are more efficient to communicate complex ideas. This process, however, creates an elitism–whether intentional or unintentional–within the academy that creates an unfortunate gap between professional theologians and lay theologians (after all, we are all theologians, right?)
That said, I share this video as an example of an attempt I made to bring my studies regarding the Trinity into the local congregation. This is the second session of a twelve-part, one-day event I presented at Grace Lutheran Church called Bible Mania. This session tries to demonstrate how a robust Trinitarian understanding of God can bring peace and healing to the various “camps” in our culture that are divided over the nature of God, the Universe, and how scripture relates to it.
I’m not sure if I succeeded, but it was an attempt to communicate for the benefit of the local congregation.