My name is Roland Lowther and welcome to my blog. I am an Australian Christian author that specializes in writing theology from a practical perspective. I have been a Christian for over 30 years, been involved in cross-cultural mission work, local pastoral ministry, academic research, and perhaps most challenging of all, living out my faith in the context of anonymous daily life.
I specialize in writing theology that enables Christians to better understand the practical dimensions of theory. That doesn’t mean it is simplistic, or rudimentary, but it does mean it is intended to be practiced.
A lot of theology produced by ‘professional academics’ is designed to interact with an elite audience of fellow academics over issues that rarely engage the real needs of grass-roots Christians in the modern world. Whilst there is a need for background scholarly pursuits, there also is a greater need for substantive theological reflection that engages the daily concerns of anonymous Christians.
I believe that one of the greatest challenges facing Christians today is overcoming the inability to understand and apply what is known to be true. Pure academic theory does little to help this, in fact it is often so theoretical that it actually encourages a disconnect between theory and practice, leaving Christians at the mercy of highly pragmatic solutions that have no substantive theological grounding.
It has been my experience that even from the pulpits of local churches, many Christians receive little effective instruction that might specifically assist them to grasp difficult theological concepts and then ground them in practical ways. This is not because most local pastors are inept, in fact they are more than able, but regrettably, as a result of the nature of their formal theological education, many don’t have good models to work with, and haven’t learned to relate theology to everyday life well–I know I used to be one of them!
Theology (thinking about God) was always intended to have a practical orientation. In fact, you will notice that the Bible was never written for pure theoretical reflection alone, but always with the intention of equipping those under its instruction to live wisely in light of God’s eternal reality as they faithfully serve him in the context of everyday life.
Christians need to think carefully about what they believe, and need to act faithfully on what they think about. Consequently, my goal is to write theology that has as its specific focus the practical dimensions of the Christian life; practical theory aimed at assisting all Christians to live well before God and their neighbors. It is my desire that I might be able to assist you in your journey to know Christ more, as you seek to honor him on a daily basis, looking forward to that ultimate commendation from him: ‘ Well done good and faithful servant.’