It has been far too long since I blogged with any regularity. I really have no good excuse, but it’s probably for the better. I’ve been pondering how to get this thing going again for some time, so I’ve decided to wipe out every blog I’ve previously written with the exception of one, simply because that blog addressed an important issue and got an enormous response.
The message of this blog from now on is simple. Jesus Christ is Lord.
I’m not so interested in simply spouting my own opinions (anymore, at least). What I want to do is to proclaim the lordship of Jesus and examine how that applies to anything and everything. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him, and the church is to disciple the nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything that Christ has commanded.
Over the last 100 or so years, the American church has largely settled into two camps (With exceptions, of course). On one side, we have churches that are thankfully Gospel-centered, but the message doesn’t seem to move beyond punching our heaven card. There’s not much application. On the other side, we have churches that claim to be relevant and harp on applying biblical principles – often out of context – to our daily lives, but there’s not much in the way of the fact that we are by nature wretched sinners in need of a Savior.
This blog will seek to provide an alternative to that. There will be times where I simply analyze Scripture and see what it tells us about God and ourselves, and what we should do about it. I also plan on occasionally looking at news and events from a Christian worldview, admittedly on a far lower skill level than what Al Mohler does on the Briefing. And other times, I may look at popular teachings or practices in the church and see whether it lines up with Scripture or not. We’ll look at issues that are black-and-white, grey with nuance but settled, and stuff that’s also totally nuanced where I may not even give you a hard answer as to a solution.
Throughout this effort, I have exactly two requests of you, the reader. Our society has gotten to a point where everything is read in the worst possible tone and with the worst possible intentions . If it can be read overly harshly, it will be read overly harshly. If it can be read condescendingly, it will be read condescendingly. I first ask that you read this blog in the best possible tone and the best possible intentions first. If I’m incorrect, let’s interact and discuss it, but I will do my best and expect you to do your best to read all blogs and comments in the best possible, most charitable tone first. Second, I ask for some charity as I knock the rust off and get back in a groove with writing. As previously stated, it’s been a while.
In order to help with this, I will provide an audio version of this blog on the same feed as the Westminster Effects Doxology Podcast. That’s my business’s podcast that already has a built-in following that is familiar with my tone and style. If you read something here and think something is off, have a listen to the audio version so you can hear my inflection; that may assuage some of your misgivings. The audio will be embedded at the top of every blog.
I look forward to sharing this endeavor with you.
Soli Deo Gloria.