I am often asked what I mean by the term Domestic Theologian, so I came up with 10 distinctives:
A domestic theologian believes the Bible to be her authority in every area of life: her mind, will, and emotions.
She believes that every area of life she manages (schedules, finances, homemaking, children, hospitality, to name a few) should be informed by a proper view of God and of herself.
She believes that truth, beauty and goodness are transcendent attributes found perfectly in our triune God — and that she is able to reflect those attributes in some small way by their incorporation into her habits, routines, and family culture.
She believes that a serious study and application of the scriptures is the best means for changing hearts and minds.
She refuses to submit herself to the wildly popular syncretism in the evangelical church that combines hyper-sentimentalism + self-help + self-empowerment + New Age philosophies, with an added dollop of of generic moralism on top.
She believes that God values the work she does in the home, because he has declared all work done for his glory to be good — whether or not she receives any accolades from the world (or from her followers on social media).
She seeks out sound biblical and theological teaching, even when it feels vastly different from other studies and groups she’s participated in in the past.
She desires to cultivate faithful family culture, even when it cuts sharply against the zeitgeist of today’s culture.
She desires the Holy Spirit to be continually at work in her own heart, forming and shaping her own affections, and also in the hearts of her husband and children.
She is aware of the many ways she sins by comission or omission every day, and repents.
Below are two expressions of domestic theology in my own life: (1) family culture creation and (2) podcast interviews with some of the leading pastors, theologians and Bible teachers of our day.
Our Family Ways:
- Bible at Breakfast
- Read at mealtimes
- Systems, Systems, Systems
- Repentance! Repentance!
- Hire out what you don’t have to do
- Show love when it costs you something
- Bedtime blessings
- Family Theatre is the best form of entertainment
- If you have a pulse, you have a clipboard
- Adding beauty reaps big benefits
- Quiet Time is mandatory refreshment
- Stories, not screens [we sell a tshirt with this slogan on it]
- Daddy Dates with each child
- Blessing letters
- Chris and I pray together every morning
- Twaddle training begins early
The Cultivating the Kingdom 12-episode audio series:
Episode #1: Interview with Dr. George Grant, part 1. Topics include practical nature of theology as well as rightly viewing the good gifts God gives us in light of the Incarnation.
Episode #2: Interview with Dr. George Grant, part 2. Topics include various theological topics and literary recommendations.
Episode #3: Interview with Dan Jarvis. Topics include missions-minded kids and Christian foster care.
Episode #4: Interview with Tim Challies. Topics include spiritual discernment and a biblical view of technology.
Episode #5: Interview with Dr. Stephen Nichols. Topics include navigating the rapidly changing American culture without fear as well as the importance of church history.
Episode #6: Interview with Dr. Scott James. Topics include family discipleship and family worship in particular.
Episode #7: Interview with Dr. Andrew Sandlin. Topics include Christian education and Christian cultural engagement.
Episode #8: Interview with Dr. Kelly Kapic. Topics include the doctrine of finitude as well as the practical nature of theology to all believers.
Episode #9: Interview with Dr. Jack Beckman. Topics include child development and Charlotte Mason educational philosophy.
Episode #10: Interview with Starr Meade. Topics include family discipleship and avoiding simplistic, moralistic teaching with our children.
Episode #11: Interview with Dr. Steven Lawson. Topics include the doctrines of grace and the implications for every believer.
Episode #12: Interview with Dr. Daniel Doriani. Topics include the Kingdom of God and parents sheperding their children.