Lex oradni. Lex credendi. Lex vivendi

There is nothing more central to our life then worship.

As humans, we have been endowed by our creator, through the functional extension of our image bearing, the capacity to proclaim the excellencies and of Him in whom we live, move, and have our very being.

It is through the extension of this capacity that we humans participate in the teleology of the created order, just as the heavens declare His handiwork, so too are we to declare Him.

Though the centrality of worship can be firmly established, the fulfilment of that duty has been fundamentally marred by sin in both practice and understanding. Rather than worshipping the creator, we worship the creature, bestowing the honor due to God alone to that which is made my human hands and minds. There is great risk to going astray in worship that we see reflected in the narrative of Israel’s history. Even after God demonstrated Himself to be able, demonstrated Himself to be loving, and demonstrated Himself to be a keeper of His promises, Israel found themselves time and time again turning away from Him.

As we encounter this narrative in Scripture, we can quickly turn our nose up at those fickle and unfaithful Israelites. Yet, we often don’t reflect on the patterns of worship in our own life. We often presume that our patterns of worship are the correct mode of worship both corporately and personally, without considering whether or not we are astray from what God has called us to do, which is to worship Him.

Practicing Theology is an exploration of Christian formation through a reflection on the relationship between worship (lex orandi), theology (lex credendi), and our life (lex viviendi) and how they each play a role in forming us in Christlikeness.

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I’m an a lay Christian with interests in theology, patristics, and intellectual history, living in North Carolina with my wife and our four beautiful kids.