Mi yodea? is the question the King of Nineveh asks in Jonah 3:9: "Who knows?" Jonah announces the impending destruction of Nineveh, but the King calls his people to repentance, resting his hope on the open possibility that God may be moved to mercy and forgiveness. And, as it happens, God is.
So that is the overarching question for us as we practice theology: Who knows? Who knows what God is doing, or what God has in store? The God revealed in Israel and in Jesus of Nazareth is a God of surprises, one who is doing a new thing. Such a God we will find at work in the most unlikely of places; may we, then, be fellow explorers and sojourners on the way.
I am a doctoral student in theology at Yale, with interests in ecclesiology, the authority of tradition, and the use and nature of Scripture. My wife, Katelin, and I hail from Austin, Texas, and continue to subscribe -- even in the northeast -- to what Stanley Hauerwas calls "the ontological superiority of being a Texan." We'll see how that goes.