Theologica

Andrew Ryland

Who is Andrew Ryland

This blog was set up by Andrew Ryland. Andrew has been in public ministry and leadership for over 40 years. Almost all of those years he has served within an international, apostolic network called Newfrontiers.

Currently, Andrew is an elder at The Oak Church in Leeds, UK.

Andrew has a BA in English Language and Literature from Durham University, and an MA from Bangor University‘s School of Theology and Religious Studies.

Andrew is married to Elspeth and they have two grown-up daughters and three grandchildren.

Theology is the systematic study of the nature of the divine and, more broadly, of religious belief.

Andrew enjoys spending time wrestling with theological questions and helping others to engage with them. He’s a thinker, a reader, and a writer who is in love with the Triune God of the Bible, and with the new humanity this God is creating on earth (also known as the church).

Views he expresses here on Theologica are his own, and do not represent those of Newfrontiers or any particular church.

What we think, what we say, what we do, what we love, matters…  but above all what we love. In this we follow James K A Smith, echoing Augustine.

“I invite you to explore the blog and share with others, because I believe that what you think, do, say, and love really does matter.”

Andrew Ryland

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Some priorities

Evangelical Christians tend to focus on believing right, or thinking right in our efforts towards personal transformation/growth. I agree with that… but I think the more fundamental concern, as identified by Augustine, is loving right. Changing what we love and how we love will transform us more completely than changing what or how we think or believe, important though those changes are.

The apostle Paul wrote about the primacy of loving over thinking in these words:
“…knowledge puffs up while love builds up. 2 Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. 3 But whoever loves God is known by God…” 1 Cor. 8:1b-3 NIV-UK

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Principles of theological argument

These are some commitments which underpin the manner of engaging in theological argument on the Theologica site.