For longtime followers of my journey, you have seen me wander along a windy path. It started with leaving the Southern Baptist/Non-Denominational evangelical world. Along the path, I studied Pentecostal, Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian, Brethren, Catholic, Orthodox, and a host of other traditions.
I haven’t updated my journey in quite a while, so I’ll answer the question, “Where am I today?”
I believe in traditional orthodox Christianity.
I affirm the Nicene and Apostle’s Creed.
I commune with a Lutheran church and participate in the liturgical cycle of the church. I play in the hand bell choir. My wife and I help with contacting seniors who cannot attend church. I am not involved in any leadership, and I doubt I ever will.
From the Lutheran Tradition, I believe the wording “Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist” in the Lutheran tradition is a good and historically orthodox view. I also believe that wording accurately reflects the Kingdom of God coming to the Kingdom of Earth.
Although I participate in the Lutheran tradition, I am not comfortable with everything the early reformers taught. I believe Martin Luther’s words make sense in the context of the Late Middle Ages in Europe, but that they need further refinement in light of Eastern Christian traditions. Particularly, the teaching of grace alone through faith alone makes sense in the context of Europe at the time, but that the teaching needs more explaining in context of historical orthodox Christianity.
I believe communion is the most important word to remember. I believe the Trinity represents perfect communion, and that Jesus came to Earth to bring the Kingdom of God so that we may have communion with the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. I believe we experience communion here and now. I believe that both history and the Christian life is following a path towards ultimate communion. This ultimate communion will be complete with the 2nd advent of Christ. I believe all will be in communion with Christ, who will in turn be in complete communion with the Father and the Spirit. All will be one.
Am I a Universalist? I believe the question is bad. I believe in ultimate communion for all, but I also believe in the judgement as stated in the Creed. This is a mystery.
My current passion is experiencing the mysteries of communion with the Triune God.
I love e-mail or comments. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also broadcast on twitter.
One final note. I first started blogging in 2010. A couple of years ago, I archived all the blogs and deleted the old site. As I read through the archives and find one that interests me, I will re-post the original blog entry with the original date.