“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. (Matthew 28:19-20)
This blog is not about me. This blog is about God, the Bible, salvation, culture, and the Christian faith.
However, this first post IS about me. Or more specifically, how God has prepared me to share.
I have always claimed Christianity. I was born into a Christian family, lived in what I always saw as a predominantly Christian town, grew up in a non-denominational Christian church, attended a Christian college, married a Christian pastor’s kid.
But that is not why I am a Christian today. And that is not why I am writing.
I’m writing because I fell for the ideology of doubt that is permeating our culture. I still know that questions are important and necessary, but I fell for the idea that questions are more powerful than answers. That unbelief is more virtuous than security. That doubt was humble, and if I said I knew the truth, that would be arrogant.
I didn’t know why I should be a Christian. I didn’t know the evidence. I didn’t know the logic of it. I didn’t know the whys behind the doctrines. I didn’t know the details of what others believed and how that was different. I was focused on the similarities and had slowly started to give up the clear and unique truths of Christianity on the altar of unity with the world.
I now believe that I was fearful that what I believed might not be true. I was afraid that if I looked behind the curtain, there would be a short little man there instead of a great and powerful God. That I would discover this faith I had built my life on was fabricated and I would be forced to recant.
It took the Word of God, the shining example of some trusted Christians in my life, and earnestly asking God to reveal Himself for me to have the courage to really find out the truth. Today, my faith looks drastically different.
I have spent the last nine months reading, listening, studying and soaking up every ounce of information, evidence and scripture I could get. My book list is constantly growing. I’ve spent more time in God’s Word and in prayer than ever before. I’ve gone through hours of YouTube teachings from pastors and religious leaders from all over the world. I’ve watched numerous debates between people of different faiths. I am asking more questions than ever, but also finding there are real answers to those questions.
But what stands out the most to me is the conversations with friends.
In these conversations, I’ve heard a number of friends say about themselves “I’m not a theologian.” (A theologian is a person who studies God and his relationship with the world.) Translation: “I don’t know enough about this to feel confident having an opinion.”
If we were talking about incredibly complex theological ideas, I’d completely understand that sentiment. There are many terms and layers of meaning that are difficult to wade our way through. However, in a conversation about who Jesus is, or why we believe the Bible, I was surprised to hear them respond this way. At the same time, I also acknowledge that a few months earlier, I would have said the same thing.
Today, I know that all Christians are called to be theologians; that one of
the ways we are called to love God is with our mind (Matthew 22:37). Christianity is a priesthood of believers and all believers are called to share our reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 2:9 and 3:15) verbally and clearly. Christians are called to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them (Matthew 28:19-20). We underscore this message with the way we live our lives (James 2:20), but living a good life without being able to share our faith in words as well is not witnessing (Romans 10:17). To truly witness, we must know what we believe, why it is true, and what makes it unique.
After months of studying, I’ve learned that the Bible is historically reliable and that it is inspired by God. I’ve learned why it’s important that Jesus rose bodily from the grave. I’ve learned about the different theories of atonement, how they are different, and which is biblical. I’ve learned about how faith and works interact. I’ve learned why it truly matters that Jesus is God and where in the Bible He makes that claim.
There is also much I have yet to learn. I’m learning about the prophecies about Jesus and how God was weaving the story of redemption from the very beginning, showing His people glimpses of the coming savior all the way back to the Garden of Eden. I’m learning the logical and philosophical lines of thinking as related to theology. I’m learning about essential truths of the Christian faith and the non-essentials that the body of Christ can safely disagree on. I’m learning what questions to ask and how to ask God for help on knowing when to ask them.
And most importantly I’m learning how to share about Christ, with love and truth, and how to live in a way that doesn’t take away from the message I’m called to preach. I want to share with you what I’ve learned.
That is what inspired this blog. I am a teacher by trade. I earned my MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and focus on adult immigrants and refugees as my profession. A large part of my job is to take something complicated and find a way to make it understandable.
I want to do the same thing with theology. My goal here is to take something that often feels out of reach to Christians, simplify it, and encourage Christians and non-believers alike to seek out real answers to our questions. Most of this information will not be new content, but my hope is that it will be in a format that is easy to understand.
If there are any questions you’ve been wrestling with, I’d love to hear them, and we can look for reliable answers together.
All glory, honor, and power be to God. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to You above all else.