For the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to get my way through some ministry books. Mostly emerging/missional related stuff. I’ve had them around for a couple of months but hadn’t cracked them. I tried again this week, got a ways through, and once again noticed that my eyes were skipping whole paragraphs, my mind was wandering, and even when good points were made the thrill didn’t last for hardly a moment. I’ve been on and off depressed, on and off irritable, and otherwise struggling to keep my focus.

Then I turned and opened a Moltmann book, Trinity and the Kingdom, which is the one Moltmann book I haven’t read all the way through.

After fifteen minutes I felt renewed and refreshed and invigorated. My mind was tossing around thoughts related and on tangents all at once, in ministry, theology, and life.

It was like I was awakened.

The fact is that I get more ministry thoughts out of theology books than I do out of ministry books. Why is that?

I think it’s because theology books are talking about God. Focusing on God renews me, sharpens me, excites me. Focusing on practice, good or bad, isn’t very interesting to me. Something I’m realizing more and more.

Even with good ministry books I get bogged down. Good theology books get my motivation back on track.

I think I need to read more theology books. My ministry life depends on it.

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