I start seminary today. I’m looking forward to thinking together with a group of people about God, Jesus, faith, the Scriptures, and even myself. I wonder about these things a lot. And I wonder what the value is in thinking about them, and what the value is in focusing on more practical items. Some might say it’s more prudent to help people follow Jesus than to discuss the nature of humanity. Others may give you the Judas answer, "Shouldn't we be feeding the poor instead of having this arcane discussion?” But I really do wonder how our thoughts about God and Jesus and our faith affect those very things. Don’t our thoughts about humanity and poverty affect how we serve the least of these? Or how we minister the Gospel, so to speak? That’s my thought. However, there is a time and a place for these discussions, and they can get quite pedantic and not helpful. So we need to exercise discretion when we are having a boundaried discussion.