Saturday, January 29, 2011

Theology Network

Several years ago, when my two sons were much younger, I bought the book "If You Give a Mouse A Cookie." It's the story of a mouse who visits a young boy's house who, when one thing was asked for by the mouse, another need became obvious (If you give a mouse a cookie, he'll also need milk, if you give him milk and cookies he'll become sleepy and need a nap, etc.).

That often happens when visiting an Internet site. A search for one thing leads to the discovery of something completely unexpected. That happened to me early last year when I was participating in Tim Challies' "Reading the classics together" project. We were reading the book "The Bruised Reed" by Richard Sibbes. I thought that I had seen full electronic copies on the Internet of this title in the past. So, when I started searching, I found a full copy on the website for Theology Network. While I did use the electronic text from Theology Network for my reading of Sibbes' book, I began to look at what was available on the Theology Network.

The site, which is run by the Christian Unions in the United Kingdom, is a wonderful resource for learning about the Christian faith. There are text articles and audio recordings which cover a range of topics, such as learning more about the nature of the God's word, the Trinity, world religions, Christian history and numerous other topics. I'm not new to theological studies and have appreciated when topics which can be complex are explained simply and yet keep a depth of understanding that someone with advanced studies can appreciate as well as a novice to the faith. I suggest you take a look to see what some brothers and sisters in Christ in the UK are doing to promote Christianity not only in Britain but around the world. Their link is here.

One teacher at Theology Network who I've found particularly helpful is Mike Reeves. He is head of theology for UCCF (The parent organization for Christian Unions). He's covered a number of topics which even for myself have been eye-opening and enlightening. I particularly recommend his lesson on "Do It Yourself Theology". Link here.

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