A Pastor, a writer, a dreamer, and occasionally a beer brewer. My contract with the Green Bay Packers is pending…I swear next year will be my year.
There are probably more than a few balks at the title of this blog, especially coming from the Pastor of a mainline church. I understand that. I balk with you. But that’s kind of the point. Because, you see, I’m a Christian…reluctantly. Not because I don’t want to be, but rather because I do want to be. The message is life-giving. The attention to the sacredness of existence is endless. The total transformation that happens when we see the world through the vision of love laid out by Jesus of Nazareth is necessary in this world.
But…there are discontents. Discontents revolving around many a number of things: orthodoxy, dogmatics, apologetics, militant theism, militant atheism…discontents.
This blog is meant to celebrate the life of the mind, and specifically the life of the Christian mind, and draw into focus many of these discontents. Open for conversation? Sure. Open for criticism? It wouldn’t be published if it weren’t.
But I’m not interested in arguments. I’ve argued enough for two life times, and it has never brought a clearer picture of Truth, only a clearer picture of animosity.
As Martin Luther wrote on his dying bed, “We are all beggars; this is true”.
Beggars for Truth. I have given up the need to be “correct.” That was the most freeing thing I’ve ever given up. And instead of plunging me headlong into relativity, it has indeed opened me up to Truth in ways I could not have imagined.
I’m the pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Whatever your belief system: theism, deism, atheism, anti-theism…you’re welcome here.