I am an amateur Christian Blogger and make no claims to any formal religious training. My purpose with this blog is not to persuade you with clever arguments or educate you in Christian doctrines so you can be convinced of Christianity’s bold claims as the Word of God and/or your responsibility to make a choice regarding the Bible’s call to believe and trust in its message.
I simply see my role as a Christian among the greater family of Christian believers to add my voice to that chorus of humanity that is convicted by their personal understanding and experience with the One and Only Living God to share and celebrate that Good News. In fact it was a central instruction to all believers to spread the message of Jesus Christ’s ministry here on Earth some 2,000 years ago, and persists to this day.
Our very calendar is punctuated by his birth (BC “before Christ” and AD “Anno Domini [year of our Lord]” in that small Middle Eastern country and Jesus Christ is without any exaggeration the most influential individual human being to have ever trodden this World’s surface. Jesus Christ divides history. This is historical fact not mere religious tradition.
If therefore such a man really did exist, then it would not be surprising if even the mildly curious would be interested in knowing what He had to say and what others in history have said and recorded about Him. It is no surprise then that the historical evidence and writings that we have in our possession today are amongst the most comprehensive and most researched and critiqued documents we have of any historical figure throughout mankind’s existence on Earth. No other individual in antiquity comes even close.
This blog then is primarily about the life and times of Jesus Christ as it has impacted my life some 2ooo years after He trod the streets and byways of the small Jewish towns and villages around Nazareth in Galilee, Jerusalem and other areas in the near vicinity.
His actual ministry then was not global in any sense and from all accounts mostly regional. This fact is another factor that sets Jesus Christ apart from any contemporary teacher or prophet – such an overwhelming reach and impact on the whole of the World from such a small personal ministry.
My humble story and commentary is just one of millions of similar accounts from the vast family of followers of this Man from Galilee. Individually we are all fallible, insignificant innocuous ramblers, drawn to a relationship with Jesus Christ, but collectively Christians through history form an unbreakable line of faith and hope that stretches all the way back to that little village of Bethlehem.
I live in North Western Australia, approximately 10,500 kilometres from Christ’s birthplace and roughly 2 millennia since His arrival on Earth as God Incarnate.
I would discribe myself as a Protestant, a Soteriological Traditionalist holding to a view of John 3:16 that “whosoever” hears the Gospel and believes in it is saved (as against the Calvinist view that God has predestined “whosoever” in bygone eternity and that they are saved by an irresistible Grace. ie the individual is saved by the unknowable, inscrutable choice of God and has no part in it or choice to accept or reject). That is already dumping a lot of theological expressions early on but these will all be explained in greater detail by myself and by the links that will be added in due course 🙂
I am not affiliated to a denominational church and have worshipped in (Open) Brethren and Baptist churches in the past. Currently I attend a Baptist Church.
I would describe my faith as a plain reading of Scripture within the context of God’s most obvious and expressed attributes and Christ’s demonstrable parables and stories dealing with man’s sin and alienation from God. Although my Bible knowledge and awareness of myriad points of view is increasing dramatically, I am not dissuaded from this general view at this time. I am also quick to acknowledge that the Calvinistic camp and its traditional opposite cousin the Arminians both hold views and stances that are on a continuum and it is not reasonable to apply labels other than in a very general fashion. Soteriological Traditonalism comes out of a Southern Baptist tradition which in turn has similar beliefs as the Anabaptists (who did not accept Infant Baptism being forced upon them during the Reformation period). In the Baptist context it is a return to an understanding of God’s plan of Salvation held by E Y Mullins, Billy Graham, Herschel Hobbs and Adrian Rogers as against the Calvinist approach from John MacArthur, John Piper and Tim Keller. All these men have made substantial contributions to the Christian faith and in no way can be pitted against one and other in a negative way.
If you haven’t already guessed it the Christian walk is no walk in the park! As Paul writes to the Phillipians in 2:12,13 “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do his good pleasure”