As I’ve mentioned here before, I’m teaching a three-year Doctor of Ministry cohort at Fuller Theological Seminary, beginning this June (we’ll meet for two weeks in June 2011, 12, and 13). I’m really looking forward to this journey because, like many followers of Jesus, I need a kick in my spiritual pants.
I already tend toward the intellectual, to be sure. My recent posts about demons and angels hint at what my friends already know: that I’m predisposed to believe only those things that make rational sense. In all honesty, that makes an uneasy postmodernist, since my bias is toward a more empirical worldview.
But, as much as I love theological and doctrinal wrangling, I know that spirituality is actually at the heart of the Jesus Way.
As my dissertation has dragged on over several years, I’ve not really afforded myself the chance to reinvest in Christian spirituality, as I had in several of my books. Writing a dissertation is, of course, a thoroughly intellectual endeavor. Not that it doesn’t test one’s spirit — it does! — but the method of writing an acceptable dissertation is one of qualified truth claims backed by warrants and evidence. The intuition that is so valuable in spirituality is not needed for this type of academic work — in fact, it most likely gets in the way.
Just a few more days of editing my dissertation before I make a big pot of coffee and start (re-)reading the many texts for the cohort. It’s gonna be great.