Thinking Theologically with Gavin Hall

Within our third week in Outtatown and back when we were at Camp Arnes amidst the flatlands of Manitoba, we were introduced to Gavin Hall. Gavin was a man that not only spoke intelligently with God in mind, but was also very humble. He brought a lot of energy and humour into his lessons and was able to engage us with personal stories from his life. Together we spoke about living faithfully and how in order to do that, we need to think theologically. We started our first lesson discussing the definition of theology as well as how and why we should ‘do’ theology.

Gavin refers to 2 Tim 3:16-17, “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us”.

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Among other things we spoke about in class, Gavin emphasized that scripture is the primary source for theology and that rather than looking at scripture as a set of rules, the bible is more like a script or a musical score. With that, proper understanding of the intent of the script or musical score allows for improvisation and Gavin expressed this concept by showing us a video of a rearrangement of two songs into one.

Personally, Gavin brought new understanding to what I originally thought theology was. Before, I believed that theology simply meant the understanding of scripture and its intent and living in practice to your theology. However, after our short two days with Gavin I’ve come to realize that creativity and improvisation can be applied to our own ‘script’ or ‘musical score’. Gavin has taught and encouraged us to form our personal theology based on asking questions and thinking clearly, comprehensively and correctly.
Gavin had an amazing amount of knowledge to offer us, in and outside of class and left us thinking differently and more personally towards our own blend of theology.

-Eungang Joan Lee-

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