In Divinity School, it became clear early on that I’m much more a pastor than a theologian. Yes, in part, it’s because of the dim, flickering bulb of my brain. But it’s also that I was drawn to ponder the questions under the questions.
When someone asks about the efficacy of prayer, maybe it’s to develop a theoretical framework linking concept to practice. But maybe it’s that a grandmother is in the hospital, or a marriage has started to unravel.
An ancient theological question goes, “Can God make a stone that God cannot lift?” It’s the “omnipotence paradox.” There are ways to engage this question theologically–and I think it’s a worthy endeavor. At the same time, underneath the theological question just might be a yearning heart that’s been bruised.
Jake Morrill is minister of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. He is a student in the Post-Graduate Program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. Twice a year, in East Tennessee, he hosts a training to help clergy apply systems thinking to their ministries.