I'm tired of reading books that seem to emphasize an essential while beating the garbage out of another essential. I'm thinking about starting a little booklet about the idea. Case in point: I just finished reading a chapter about how important it is to live as a follower of Christ. Amen! It absolutely is. However, the way this was most effectively emphasized in the book was to make theology the enemy to following Christ. It seems to me that God clearly joined these two together. How you live is determined by what you believe. What you believe shows itself in how you live. I realize people miss it, and its wise to show that there's a temptation to twist theology into something that its not, but wouldn't it be better to emphasize the union rather than to divorce the two.
So here's the booklet idea, "What God has joined together, let no man separate"
Some of the chapters would include: Grace & Truth; God's immanence & God's transcendence; Faith & Works; God's love & God's wrath; Relevant & Biblical; Doctrine & Relationship; etc...
All of these individual topics seem to be promoted by whipping the other side. I've certainly been guilty of it, but its worth observing our proneness to be imbalanced on these issues.