Why Theology in Overalls?

When I attended Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kenneth Grider taught theology. He was fond of saying that “preaching is theology with its overalls on.”

Theology should never be so esoteric that it has no street value. Not just when preaching, but always, it should have its overalls on. It must connect with real people in everyday life, or else be irrelevant.

On this site, you will find a potpourri of things theological. I like writing book reviews, so you’ll find lots, both of older and newer books. As a missionary, I enjoy collecting wise sayings from the countries I visit, a modern day “book of proverbs.” Occasionally, an item in the news gets me thinking about current events in biblical perspective, so you may get the “overflow” of that inner conversation.

I hope you’ll respond in the comment threads with thoughts of your own. Let the dialogue begin!


12 thoughts on “Why Theology in Overalls?

  1. crafton8@gmail.com October 23, 2012 / 8:25 pm

    I can’t even begin to say how pleased I am to have found your blog. Thank you for your studied insights and relevance.

  2. Brandon March 3, 2013 / 8:17 pm

    Hi, Greg! Recently someone did me the honor of nominating me for a Very Inspiring Blogger award, and I’m passing on one of my fifteen nominations to you! Keep up the writing, keep inspiring, and God bless! :)http://lovefrombenin.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    • Greg Crofford March 3, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Brandon, for your kind words. I’m encouraged! Trust you’re doing well. Hello to your folks.

  3. carlton l langford August 22, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    I hope the low number of comments is not an indication of the popularity of your blog. I’ve just found it and, life crafton, can’t tell you how pleased I am.

    • Greg Crofford August 23, 2014 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you, Carlton, for your kind words. No, I’m not setting any records for traffic. Typically, my posts will have 100-150 visitors. Some go higher, some are lower. There are so many voices on the internet competing for attention. I write for the love of it, and if I sometimes get noticed, all the better.

  4. Bill Evans February 15, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    If theology wears overalls, does that mean sin is in the “jeans”?

  5. George Milne September 5, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Hey my friend, quite a long time!!! I find your thoughts provoking as well as heartwarming! I remember you as a young lad and now you’ve become a fine distinguished young theologian! Very proud of you!! Not sure if we agree politically but that’s for another day!! Keep up the great work!!!

    • Gregory Crofford September 6, 2016 / 6:51 am

      Thanks so much, George, for the kind words. Hope you’re doing well. I’m not sure that I’m “young” any more, but I’ll take that label any day! As for politics, not to worry. I don’t agree with myself on politics half of the time. Keep reading.

  6. David Barnhart January 19, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    I am glad to have come across your site. You insights are quite helpful.
    Blessings and peace,

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