Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life is my book that explores where our beliefs come from as we read scripture at a particular time and place in history.
About Coffeehouse Theology
Coffeehouse Theology will help the reader understand, shape, and live out practical Christian theology in today’s context. Beginning with the relationship of cultural context and theology, Coffeehouse Theology roots theology in the church’s mission to be the presence of God’s Kingdom. Far from dividing the church, contextually aware theology unites the church in a dynamic dialogue about the presence of God, his revelation in scripture, and the interpretations of the historic and global churches. Be sure to check out the Bible Study Guide and the Contemporary Issues Discussion Guide.
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Presents the basics of contextual theology and the unique approach of this book aimed at helping lay Christians understand God and live in the truth of God’s revelation in their particular contexts.
Chapter One: Mission: Why the Church Needs Theology
The first chapter dives into the biblical grounds for the importance of mission as the defining activity of the church. The reader will be convinced once and for all that the church exists to know God and to bring the gospel into the world—the postmodern world in this case—and it must therefore devote time and energy to understanding its cultural context.
Chapter Two, A Theological Method for Postmodern Times
Chapter Two is an introduction to the theological method I will be advocating throughout this book. Theology is reflection on God resulting in our imitation (or “reflection”) of him. After we grasp our method, we can move forward with the components of the theological task.
Chapter Three: Christianity and Culture
The third chapter spells out the complexities of culture and provides some methods for sorting out the muddle of Christianity and culture. Christian missionaries in today’s context must understand the dangers and benefits of their culture when sharing the gospel.
Chapter Four: The Modern World
The fourth chapter follows closely on the heels of the discussion of Christianity and culture with a brief survey of the modern world. By first understanding the modern world that has set the stage for the world we live in today, we are in a better position to understand the ways culture influences theology and how to best deal with it.
Chapter Five: Andy Griffith Meets the Real World
The fifth chapter shows the shift of our world from modern to postmodern and provides a brief survey of the postmodern world. Understanding the basic contours of the postmodern landscape, we are prepared to grasp its importance for our time and its impact on the gospel.
Chapter Six: The Church and Culture
The focus of the fifth chapter will be the emerging church, a global conversation about the church, and its theology that has led to significant changes in Christian living, doctrine, and worship, to name a few areas. One does not have to be a part of the emerging church to pursue theology in the postmodern context, but the emerging church is a good example of one group that is grappling with the changes of today and is seeking culturally appropriate ways to form and live out Christian theology.
Chapter Seven: Contextual Theology with God in the Center
With the potentials and pitfalls of the postmodern context in place, we move into the second part of the book: enabling the church to form theology today. Chapter Six begins with the cornerstone of all theology: God. God is the absolute who makes theology possible in the first place. The love of the Father for his creation leads to the sending of the Son to bring redemption, which results in the abiding of the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit of God who continues to bring his revelation and understanding today. Without the revelation of God, we would be helpless when approaching the scriptures and would consequently be unable to form theology or to put it into practice.
Chapter Eight: The Bible: Our Primary Source in the Postmodern World
The Bible, discussed in Chapter Seven, is God’s primary source of revelation for Christians. Though God speaks through prayer and prophetic words, the Bible is one of the primary ways we learn about God. The shift into postmodernism has revealed a number of ways in which we abuse scripture and miss out on its full potential.
Chapter Nine: The Tradition of the Church: Keeping Us Grounded
Chapter nine highlights the importance of the historic church as a source of theological wisdom and orthodoxy, while providing a series of case studies in what can go wrong in the formation of doctrine. Without the voice of the historic church we are likely to repeat the mistakes of the past and overlook issues that our church fathers and mothers considered vital.
Chapter Ten: The Global Church: Keeping Us Informed
The global church is the architect of theology today, with Christians on each continent adding insights to what we know and how we practice. The universal church teaches us about the limits of our perspectives and enables us to grasp how vast and complex our God truly is.
Chapter Eleven: Practicing Contextual Theology
I conclude with some practical ways to form and practice theology in Chapter Eleven. Whether in Christian community, informal gatherings over coffee, via e-mail, at discussion boards, or on blogs, there are numerous ways for the church to discuss and apply theology today. Joining the conversation is easy and essential.
Coffeehouse Theology Punathon
In celebration of my book’s title that lends itself nicely to puns, I challenged some friends to join a punathon. I love puns and welcome your contributions at edcyzewski (at) gmail (dot) com. I’ll post them on the blog. And now I present the puns:
Coffeehouse Theology …
Now available in decaf and regular.
Good to the last heresy.
Buy it today to find out what’s brewing.
Coffeehouse Theology, now available in:
Coffeehouse Theology: Roasting but not Boasting
Coffeehouse Theology: Dark Roast, Bright Light
Less star for your bucks,
but you’ll be glad you’ve bean reading
Coffee Bean Theology – Reflecting on God in the Places You’ve Bean
Coffehouse Tea-ology: Reflections on why Tea is the New Coffee
Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in the Everyday Grind
Coffeehouse Theology: Reflections for your Average Joe
Coffeehouse Theology: You’ll like it a latte.
Coffeehouse Theology: Venti Theology in a tall cup.
Coffeehouse Theology: Free Wifi!
Coffeehouse Theology: Creating a stir in the publishing world.
Coffeehouse Theology: Hoping to make Ed as rich as a breve mocha
Coffeehouse Theology: A doubleshot for the mind. A chai latte for the soul.
Coffeehouse Theology: You’re paying for the atmosphere.
Coffeehouse Theology: Now serving freshly baked bread!
Coffeehouse Theology. “Bet you cant wait to see what’s Brewing”
Coffeehouse Theology. “Are you weak or strong, light or dark?”
Taste Seeking Understanding
(Editor’s Note: Theology has been defined as “Faith Seeking Understanding.” Pat gets extra points for that one!)
God to the last drop
Brazilian Coffeehouse Theology: God is Our Goooooaaaaallllll!!Goal!Goal!Goal!Goal!Goal!Goal!Goal!
Coffeehouse Theology….”Seeking Jehovah Java”