Theology Must be Sung (and Prayed)

J. I. Packer quote  theology must be sung and prayed or it leaves me cold

J. I. Packer is one of my favorite theologians. This thought from Packer is why I love him so. Packer gets it so RIGHT when it comes to theology. Theology cannot stand by itself. 

Theology & Doxology
Thinking & Praising
Truth & Worship
Belief & Adoration

These things are meant to be together. When theology is divorced from doxology, then such theology becomes dry rationalism and even dead orthodoxy... or worse (apostasy)!

Worship is the remedy to dry orthodoxy.
Praise and petition is the antidote to a creeping rationalism that "may tantalize the mind, but it leaves the heart unaffected."
Religious affections are the pre-requisite for dogmatic least wise ones.

Theology matters a great deal. How we do our theology matters just as much. 

Perhaps in the end, to love God with our mind, heart, soul and strength is the way of beautiful theology. This is what we see in Augustine, Bernard, Calvin, Ignatius, Pascal, Edwards, C.S. Lewis and Packer. 

With a growing post-Christian and anti-Christian culture, surely we need a doxological theology as part of our apologetics and evangelism to the skeptical world. Skeptical or hostile minds will no longer be easily touched if the hard heart is not moved.

May all your theology leave your heart strangely warmed.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International