Last week I finished a synthesis of my study. This week I enter into a new phase. I spent the past few days looking assembling theological journal articles, systematic theologies, and other resources that deal with the kingdom. The task now is to scan those articles to see what they say about the kingdom.
The critical difference in this sequence is that now when I read these articles I have a year’s worth of thinking through the issues and looking at the data. Now, at some level the authors and I are on an even footing. We are in a conversation rather than my sitting at a lecture. There will probably be some things I did not consider. There will be things in the articles and books with which I do not agree. But the dialog will enhance my study rather than dictate it.
I strongly recommend this approach.