It has been almost a year since I have written anything here on The Reformed Wesleyan (TRW). That has been a long time. I can’t say why I stopped writing and posting. I may have needed a break. Or it just could have been that I didn’t make the time to put my thoughts down. Well, I hope to change that.
This past January I changed jobs. I began serving Ambassadors of Christ Ministries as the Executive pastor for Ministry Development and Discipleship. That is a whole lot of title that says I am helping the church become more efficient and effective. I can honestly say that I am having a great time working at the church, and especially working with my dad (who is the senior pastor!).
As I have been thinking about what to do with this blog I have decided to make a shift in the emphasis. The tag line used to be “Too Reformed to be Arminian, To Arminian to be Reformed.” This was a playful way of saying that my theology can’t be put in a simple box. I am still working out what I have discovered and am discovering in God’s word.
The Gospel changes everything (or at least it ought to).
I, however, want to change what we do here at TRW to focus on what is most important to God and to me, the Gospel. I will use this forum to share what I am learning and living as it relates to the Good News of Jesus of Nazareth. That is why the tag line is now “Exploring the Gospel’s Implications”. The Gospel changes everything (or at least it ought to). My hope and desire is to try and make sense of how this happens in our lives, beginning with mine.
The title of this blog is also “tongue-in-cheek”. That will not change. I will continue to use this idea as an expression of finding my way on this theological journey as best as I can–hopefully with your help as well. I love conversation and I hope to engage in more conversations in the days, weeks, months and years to come. If any of you reading this blog are looking for a place to engage and explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus, I hope you have found that place here.
Finally, I think that I need to take myself less seriously. I write because it helps me to process what I am learning and what God is teaching. I don’t want this to be something that I have to do because somebody will read it. Life and faith are a journey. I would love to travel with others, but during these travels I want to make sure I enjoy the trip as well. Life is far too short to just keep missing out on what God has given us to enjoy.
So, for those who may be reading this, “Thank you!” And I look forward to what God has in store for me and us.