I'm a baby-boomer. After graduating high
school, I attended university -- twice -- once
before the Vietnam war, and then again after returning home
from the military. I married, majored in Political
Science, worked full time, had a child, and
somehow managed to graduate. I then attended law
school for nearly 3 years before realizing it was not my calling, as
any of my law professors would attest. I became a computer tech instead. We had a second child, just
before I came to Christ.
have been a trainer for Evangelism Explosion, and profited greatly
from the Navigators 2:7 course. I was a deacon in the PCA
and trained for eldership. I have taught children, youth, and Adult
Sunday School for over 20 years. I helped build a church from dirt
floors to a finished building. But I never went to
seminary. When asked, I say tongue-in-cheek that I'd
rather keep my faith. The truth is, I had neither the time, the
money, nor the inclination to apply myself to
the rigors of seminary. But I admire those who do.
I began to search for a
more ecumenical and celebratory approach to church life. So I left
the PCA to join an evangelical mega-church, what is called a "seeker"
church. I found what I was looking for there, but I also missed
something very precious: a firm orthodoxy. Many years ago, the
Evangelical movement shelved a number of historic
doctrines. Creeds and confessions were set aside. The
intent was to become attractive to more people, and less offensive
to other churches within the movement. That led to
some questionable teachings, because there was no
orthodoxy by which to judge them. Consequently,
many evangelicals are now returning
to the reformed standards of the church. That return is
being spearheaded by Michael Horton, who founded the Alliance of
Confessing Evangelicals. You might want to read his books,
especially Beyond Culture Wars.
now retired, with grandkids, and serve as an elder-pastor at a small
church. It maintains a tension between that passionate and celebratory
love for Christ I was looking for, and a firm orthodoxy to undergird
and drive it.I am
making use of whatever gifts God has given me to uphold
the faith of my fathers, and to teach sound doctrine. I'm sure God would be pleased if I could do that
gently, and in love...
I'm trying, Lord.