The Theo Thinker

It was the middle of May 2011 when Dennis and Sara embarked on The Theo Thinker project in an effort not to leave their brains at the church door. Since they had no desire to step on anyone else’s brain on their way in either, they wanted to share their God discussions in a series of devotional snippets as you find them here on this blog.

Dennis and Sara believe that God gave us brains for a good reason (one each, too!). The Theo Thinker is an attempt to present real life Christian issues in an interesting, non threatening format that allows the reader to conduct their own critical analysis using biblical guidelines and develop a conclusion on the issue for themselves.

We hope that you will share our journey and we would love to hear some of your comments to help make this material even more meaningful.

“Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?
John Calvin

Format

The Theo Thinker was designed to be used in a small group setting as discussion fuel. It is ideal to have a group leader in order to facilitate and guide discussion.

1. The Hook

The Theo Thinker starts off with a question or problem and requires the reader to make a prediction. This is the “hook” and has 2 functions. It accesses prior knowledge that the person has on the subject in order to set a foundation for the discussion and gives the reader a platform to work the information they receive into. Secondly, making a prediction helps the reader become more interested in the outcome of the discussion.

2. The Exposition

The exposition attempts to provide parameters to the discussion while always asking the question: What does the bible say about this? This section aims to guide the reader through a process of critical thinking and analysis while remembering that God is the best teacher of all. At the end, the reader re-evaluates the prediction they made at the start of the session and reflects on whether their thoughts on the subject have altered/not-altered their viewpoint.

3. Rank Me

Readers then rank the material they have read in terms of usefulness. They decide if the topic is relevant to them by thinking of examples of when this topic would come into play in real life or remembering examples of when they have experienced it themselves. They evaluate if they have experienced any new learning that might help them if they had to re-do the situation.

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
C. S. Lewis