Bio and Beliefs

Note: I have decided that i will not erase prior versions of this faith statement, but merely write new statements as they seem necessary (and more than anything as time allows).  This way my statement of faith can be read more as a process of growth, than a mere abstract collection of beliefs.  That being the case, if you deem it worthwhile, continue on and read my journey of faith.

2/1/11

Bio: I completed an MA in Christian Ministries in August 09′, & my family moved to Minnesota in August 10′ so that I could work on a ThM at Luther Seminary. For more particulars see below.

Beliefs: We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.  www.creeds.net

1/15/07

I am a Kansas kid for my whole life now, recently married and in graduate school for theology.  I hope to teach theology and lead worship.  These are my two aspirations; kind of a odd combo, but i am a bit of a different fella.

I have been married for about 7 months now (7/1/06) and am still learning as i go.  here is a pic of my wife and i: isn’t she beautiful!  How could i have gotten so lucky!

Theologically, i am a pilgrim (to use Pinnock’s metaphor), still on a journey.  Hence the title of my blog.  One thing that i am convinced of at this point that i don’t ever see changing is my view that theology, if it is to be Biblically based, must start first and foremost with who God has revealed himself to be in both his nature/character.  I believe this is huge because this starting place (hopefully) keeps my theology grounded in the relational nature of the Christian faith, while still allowing for abstract thought “later” on down the road.  This had led me to a couple of places of novelty and controversy (notably open theism & egalitarianism), and while i hold these positions tentatively, i do believe at this point that they square best with the affirmation that God is light (good, loving) and in him there is no darkness (wickedness, evil, favortism).

I also see the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation as fundamental truths for theology, b/c they reveal fundamental aspects of God’s nature.  This i hope keeps me on the straight and narrow road of traditional orthodoxy (although occasionally it leads me to unexpected and unusual places!).  I believe that the Nicene faith provides a hope for the reconnecting of all Christendom, although i am not sure what that should like.

So to sum up, i believe that theology begins and ends in the truths of the Trinity, Incarnation, and His goodness.  Understanding how to define and articulate what those truths are, as well as their implcations for the other areas of doctrine in the faith is the challenge, but this starting place will hopefully keep me connected intimately to God and enjoy His love for me throughout the process.

My other interests are philosophy, cosmology, astronomy, historical philosophy and theology, psychology (particularly matters relating to mind), playing guitar, and the Kansas Jayhawks (KU basketball all the way in 07!).  I hope to have my other blogsite up and running soon.  It will be devoted to a massive project to blog about the historical developments in Philosophy & Theology.  I think knowing where these ideas come from are paramount to understanding them and their implications for today.  I am hoping that this can be a communal affair; i would gladly welcome others to blog with me on this huge endeavor, regardless of your views on Christianity.  Please check it out from time to time; it should be fun!

Finally, please feel free to disagree with me.  I want to take my view that i am pilgrim seriously and have integrity, so call me out if i am misguided!  I may disagree, but hopefully we can learn from each other and experience God’s goodness deeper.

Enjoy!

13 responses to “Bio and Beliefs

  1. Just found your blog. Welcome to the journey, Pilgrim!

  2. Glad to see you are a Barth and Torrance fan.

    I look forward to visiting your blog.

  3. Your blog is a sight for sore eyes – a good find, i should say 🙂

  4. I found you. I won’t delete you again. It looks like you are way ahead of me in the blog development game; but you have to start somewhere. Send me an email when you have a little spare time.

  5. i look forward to reading your blog.

  6. 🙂

  7. I am an Anglican rector, evangelical (Low Church mostly, but I do see Mary as the Mother of God..THEOTOKOS). I was able to sit some under TF (great mind). I am 58 and still on my journey also, but thankfully know where I am going, to Christ the King! Your path and studies (with wife) sound great! Here is a verse I read often for myself – 1 Tim.4: 16. God bless

  8. Denny Chadwick

    Please pardon my ignorance as an interested possible participant in the conference, but who is the “I” who is writing these web pages. You are keeping your identity well hidden.

  9. Denny Chadwick,

    I am Fr. Robert Kelly Darby, now 59 (big 60 in Oct.). Irish born, educated in England (D.Phil.,Th.D.) Married, with two son’s (still teens).

    I love your most of your reading list!

  10. Did I miss something? I see the pic of you and your wife but don’t see a name. We have John Franke here at the seminary…he has an online course coming up in the spring term..if you are interested in receiving details, please email me: psmith@biblical.edu

  11. “I have decided that i will not erase prior versions of this faith statement, but merely write new statements as they seem necessary.”

    To what degree are you comfortable with “making this up as you go along” while still thinking yourself capable of telling others what to think?

  12. It sounds like you are on your way to Eastern Orthodox or Catholicism . Have you heard catholic apologetic speakers Tim staples or jimmy akin? They were both Protestant and in studying deeper, became catholic. You remind me of them. You can find more Catholicism info from the Vatican website too. Peace be with you on your faith journey.

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