The first post will not only be about what on earth happened to us over the eight months as well as what explains our absence, but about the nature of theological friendship in the first place. Part of our remit here at TLD is that we're here to make our friendship public and introduce you to the table. When we return, we're going to take a long look at what that even means.
So start thinking & reflecting now: what is theological friendship? is it special in any way, different from friendship in general? are there any pitfalls or dangers to it? how might scripture be used to illuminate the subject? have you any experience of theological friendship? if so, what was (or is) it like and have you any wisdom about how best to go about it? if not, why not, what has stopped this from happening and what do you think might help to make it easier?
All coming soon. It's hopefully going to be good stuff, guys - and we're really looking forward to chatting to you again :) (And if that's piqued your curiosity, click through to read a few quotes from the new piece!)
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Such friends don’t come easy, and don’t come cheap. They take investment, trust, loyalty, and risk; all of which are fruits of genuine love; all of which foster that wonderful conversational ‘place’ where friends can speak theology freely.
- Aaron -
Freedom and Christlike love are introduced where mere acquaintanceship once ruled. Prayer becomes a reality (a necessity even) rather than just a curiosity to be discussed. Forgiveness becomes a discipline to keep to, as opposed to a mere facet of theory or debate. Grief and joy now become actual languages to learn, not just pretty words on a page.
- Nathan -
Calvin may have been remarkably productive but he wrote all those letters to his friends alongside simultaneously constructing countless treatises and several weekly sermons. All whilst being the chief cleric of a city whose politics were heavily spiritualised. How much time did we fritter on Internet trivialities, then, rather than on writing to honour God?
- Owen -