By Eric D. Barreto

We're continuously engaged in processing information and sensory inputs throughout us, even if we aren't aware of the numerous neural pathways our minds are touring. So taking a step again to give some thought to the size and practices of a specific state of mind is a problem. much more vital, even if, is cultivating the conduct of brain worthy in a lifetime of ministry. This booklet, for that reason, will grapple with the actual ways in which the theological disciplines invite scholars to imagine but additionally the ways that considering theologically shapes a student's experience of self and his or her position in a much broader neighborhood of trust and idea. considering theologically is not only a cerebral topic; considering theologically invokes an embodied set of practices and values that form members and groups alike. pondering theologically calls for either mind and emotion, good judgment and compassion, brain and physique. in truth, this book—as a part of the principles for studying series—will contend that those binaries are literally built-in wholes, no longer together specific techniques

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Thinking is not just a matter of accumulating bits of trivia or even collecting a wealth of theories. Thinking theologically also draws us to others, for how else will we know the world and know God? Thinking theologically draws us to our deepest fears and hopes, to the depths of despair and the heights of joy, to failure and risk. Thinking theologically, that is, thinking about God, is as human as anything else we do. And for this reason God draws near to us when we think in this way, for God’s Spirit dwells whenever and wherever we gather together in faith and seek the face of God.

I could have been in the hospital. I could have walked into a bus. You know, gotten hit by a car. It can happen anywhere. Anywhere. And it is happening. Statistics show that walking and texting accidents are rising quickly in the United States. In fact, some towns like Fort Lee, New Jersey, are passing legislation that imposes fines of eighty-five dollars for residents caught walking and texting. There are numerous words to describe people as they walk and text: distracted, unaware, engrossed, oblivious.

The first time I ever visited her house was in college. Having grown up in major urban areas, city life shaped my relationships and my perceptions about the world I lived in. Everything I cared about was in the city. When I left high school for college, I dreamed of becoming an urban planner. I wanted to be a part of creating the world I loved. Church was another part of my urban world. I have been shaped deeply by the practices and ministries of long-standing, multiracial, urban congregations.

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