August Book Giveaway – The Trials of Theology

Our August book giveaway features The Trials of Theology: Becoming a ‘Proven Worker’ in a Dangerous Business by Brian Rosner & Andrew Cameron.

Students of theology can find themselves strengthened and renewed while they study, but it can also be a time of trial. This reader shows how to navigate such trials as we study for and then engage in Christian ministry. It includes wisdom from voices past: Augustine; Martin Luther; C. H. Spurgeon; B. B. Warfield; Dietrich Bonhoeffer and C.S. Lewis. Several modern authors also show how to navigate various aspects of theological study successfully: D. A. Carson (Biblical Studies); Carl Trueman (Church History); Gerald Bray (Systematic Theology); Dennis Hollinger (Christian Ethics); and John Woodhouse (Seminary life). The book shows how we can move from being ‘lost among words’ as we study of theology, to being ‘lost for words’ in praise of God.

Contest Details:

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  5. Leave a comment on this blog post answering the following question:  What is the biggest trial you have faced in your study of theology?

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  • This contest is limited to residents of the 48 state continental United States and the UK.
  • Contestants may submit five entries as outlined under contest details.
  • We are giving away two copies of The Trials of Theology, one for each contest winner.
  • The contest will run through end of day September 4, 2011.
  • The winners will be announced September 5, 2011.

This contest is now closed. We will announce winner shortly.


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  • The biggest trial in studying theology is overload. There is so much to learn and study that sometimes you feel like your brain will shut down due to so much info. Ecclesiastes 12:12 says that much study is weariness to the flesh. There would be times I would take a study break, like a day or two sometimes a week, and I have to fight my flesh to get back into the groove of studying theology.

  • The biggest trial for me in theology is trying not to conform God into my own image, which is why is so important to read theologians from varying theological persuasions. If you only read what you agree with, you never grow.

  • Ashwin Ramji

    My biggest trial in theology is teaching people that many of today’s minority positions were in fact the majority positions of historic Christianity, and many of today’s majority positions are modern fabrications that have little to do with the Christian faith.

  • Slowing down. In our hurry up society, it is difficult to just sit down and focus fully on any one topic. We spend a lot of our time giving attention to the distractions of life instead of truly focusing upon the Scriptures and the teaching that we so desperately need.

  • The biggest problem I face is balance. It is easy to make theology all about theory, when it should lead to worship.

  • Harrison Hamada

    My biggest issue when studying theology is the abundance of heterodox information both in print and online. While I believe I can use reason, tradition, scripture and experience to discern most issues. The bad information takes up resources of time which is precious.

  • I would say that my biggest challenge when it comes to studying theology is a lack of time.

  • For me the greatest challenge in studying theology is the limit of my intellect compared to the vastness of the subject.

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  • I constantly face the temptation of letting my studies become a mere academic exercise

  • vanessa

    When studying theology, it is important to remember the reason that we study and do everything we do. It should be to bring glory to God, and our study of theology should bring us closer to Him. It is often easy to get too caught up in the knowledge instead of living by faith.

  • My biggest challenge in studying theology is trying to keep perspective. Sometimes when I learn something amazing it actually opens up deeper questions, so just when I feel like I’ve got a handle on something I realize there is still so much I do not know. God’s treasures are infinite.