About the Blog
Thinking in Christ is a blog dedicated to thoughts on Christian living, fearlessly mixing politics with religion and doctrine with living.
The topics here include:
- Scripture study
- The intersection of faith and current events
- The application of doctrine and Christian thinking to the world
This blog defies the emotion centered world, and the emotion centered church along with it. The Church will never offer salt and light to the world by offering a different, more satisfying, cleaner, or healthier experience. The Church will only offer salt and light by challenging the world. The Church’s cry shouldn’t be: “Look, we have experiences, too, and ours are better than yours!” The Church’s cry should be, don’t just emote. Think!
A word about the contents of this blog. I’m not a trained theologian. I don’t even play one on television. I’m not an economist, a doctor, a politician (thank God!), or many other things. I reserve the right to change my mind about anything I’ve posted here, and I reserve the right to be wrong. It would be rather ironic if you read the posts here as the absolute truth without putting any thought into them, wouldn’t it? At any rate, I’m always studying, learning, and growing, just like you, so you might find my thoughts about specific things change over time. And you might find I forget things, so I end up repeating them now and again. Get over it. You’ll get old someday, too.
A word on theology. I’m not a Calvinist. I won’t say I believe in three of the five points and call myself a “moderate Calvinist.” IMHO, to be a Calvinist, you must fully believe in all five points without redefining them to suit your own tastes; they are a take it or leave it affair (though I certainly respect others who disagree on this point). I’m not an Arminian. There are fundamental theological positions there I simply can’t accept in the light of the Scriptures. If I had to classify myself (if you stuck me against a wall and said, “You’re dead unless you apply a label to yourself!”), I would say I’m a Christian. I’m not of the camp of Paul, and I’m not of the camp of Peter. I tend to get frustrated when we are pushed against a wall and told to label ourselves, anyway—I think there’s far too much of this in the Church.
I take spiritual maturity seriously, as the most pressing obligation in my life, having faith in God that I’ve already been given salvation through faith by grace alone, and that salvation is a gift that cannot be taken away or lost. I believe in the literal verbal inspiration of the Scriptures in their original autographs, and that the Scriptures are preserved from unintentional harm through God’s providence (thanks Dr. Bookman for that word!), and that we can work to recover the original Text in most (or all) cases.
I believe in “real” dispensationalism (not progressive dispensationalism), though I’m not convinced about the number of dispensations (and I don’t find pinning down a number all that important). I believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the Church, a seven year Tribulation that deals with Israel, and a literal Millennial reign of Christ on the Earth.
I study the Scriptures to know God, and to better understand how to relate to Him. I am unimpressed with proof verses (something you will discover if you read my blog long enough), and I respect both the systematic theology and the narrative (Biblical Theology) ways of understanding Scripture. An integrated balance seems, to me, to be key.