Good Theology is Good Teaching

When I open a class with a theological question, I can almost hear the haters from the secular sphere say it: “Oh, he’s just imposing his theology on this literature. He’s not really teaching.” And maybe some students think that, too.

But the truth is that good theology is good teaching. It doesn’t impose itself on otherwise good teaching; it is the basis for good teaching. There are no two ways about it. If from God, and through God, and to God are all things – indeed, to Him belongs all the glory – then every topic, lesson, activity, even game must (sooner or later) find its beginning, sustenance, and end in Him.

Over the years, students in my classes have proved this to be true. When we talk theology before a reading, their interest is aroused, their emotions driven to the surface, and their deepest thoughts propelled to the forefront. Students with the most stoic exteriors often become the most animated when God becomes the topic of discussion.

And this is as God would have it – He is what matters most. Being made in His image, we cannot help but jump headlong into discussions about God. As a teacher, I want my students to think deeply and critically, through the eyes of God’s Word, about everything. So when I set up a good theological discussion, I’m really just doing good teaching.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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