The Lord is risen! (And that makes all the difference.)
Who am I? I am an unworthy object of the grace of God. Most people know me as the husband of the lovely Zonya and father of three delightful daughters, someone who moved to Atlanta to help with a church plant (see here), a part-time piano teacher and Choice Books rep and curriculum writer with Open Hands, a former shed builder and pie seller, a former associate pastor at Followers of Jesus Mennonite Church, a former high school teacher, an English Literature BA graduate, a Canadian
stranded thriving in the United States, a former staff member of Northern Youth Programs, a former welder/draftsman, an occasional musician, a former worshiper at a Beachy Amish Mennonite Church who has Biblical Mennonite Alliance ties and Midwest Mennonite Fellowship roots, a catholic Christian, or an amateur Bible student. Okay, few people know all those things about me!
Two of my biggest passions are exegesis and ecclesiology–that is, faithful interpretation of the Bible and good theological understandings and practices regarding the Church of Jesus Christ. I spend much of my time mulling over these related topics. We read that the Church is the body of Christ, where many different kinds of people are needed and all must work together. What body part am I? Perhaps a neuron–often bouncing around somewhere in the brain but also making regular trips between the cerebrum and the musculoskeletal system. So I decided a good way to celebrate turning 40 would be to start a website where I could post my thoughts on the Bible and the Church–along with anything else that I might wish to foist upon the unsuspecting world. Ready or not, here I come.
Thank you for stopping by! I welcome your comments and especially your help in faithfully handling–and heeding–God’s written word.
For Christ and his Church,
PS: Since early days Christians have found it useful to write creeds and confessions of faith to summarize and defend their beliefs. I agree there is value in such written statements–as long as they aren’t cotton in our ears or blinders on our eyes when we open the Scriptures. What do I believe? I can affirm the Nicene Creed. I can also affirm this helpful evangelical statement of faith (as of October, 2014) with only minor quibbles. And my disagreements with the 1963 Mennonite Confession of Faith are small enough that, even after I expressed them, I was gladly welcomed as an elder in the Biblical Mennonite Alliance.