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Review Essay, Keeping the Balance

Maintaining an integrated devotional life, David Cupples (42pgs)

Outline provided by the author:

Introduction 138
Differing responses to the challenge
   Submission 140
   Repression 141
   Segregation 142
   Integration 146
The purpose of the Bible 147
Distinguishing between academic and devotional Bible study 150
   Setting 151
   Passage of scripture 152
   Levels of investigation 152
   Areas of application 153
Maintaining the spiritual life 156
Handling critical questions 161
Beyond your studies 165
   Turn your insights into prayer 166
   Pray regularly with your fellow-students 166
   Be a faithful member of a local church 167
   Get a regular pastoral check-up 168
   Be involved in active Christian service 168
   Read devotional literature 168
   Learn to relax 169
Devotion makes us better theologians 169
Pursuing the way of integration 171
Opportunity and privilege 172
   We must do our work as unto the Lord 172
   We must pray about our studies 173
   We must look on our study as an opportunity to develop    our gifts in Christ’s service 174

Introduction Beginning with an inspiring quotation of Spurgeon reflecting on the discipline of theology and its vitalising effects upon the spiritual life, David Cupples observes that many people who take up the subject today experience something rather different. “None of us would doubt that he is right”, Cupples writes, “but then he wasn’t studying in our faculty, or our department!” Nevertheless, David believes our studies can indeed “lead us into a deeper experience of God …if we approach them in the right way”. He believes that “true theology is always a prelude to doxology” and his aim “is to convince you that Spurgeon is not hopelessly idealistic”.

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Category: In Depth, Spring 2006

About the Author: W. Simpson, PhD (University of St. Andrews, Scotland), is a physicist and writer with an interest in theology, currently engaged in scientific research in the middle-east.

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