Category Archives: My Core Beliefs

Below this post you will find my core Christian beliefs and descriptions of what I consider to be essential Christian practices. Please feel free to engage in discussion on any topics here or ones you think I should have included. 

I offer these core beliefs not as a non-negotiable line in the sand that definitively articulates the one and only true, “orthodox” belief on the various subjects involved, but rather as a continually evolving description of what I have found to be the most helpful and true and consistent with both ancient and contemporary Christian faith. The following explanations and selections are only a testament to my convictions. I would encourage others to consider the value of them, but I am not so presumptuous to pretend that my expressions are the only valid ones. As such, all comments are welcome, provided that they honor a legitimate spirit of discussion. Rude or hostile verbiage will not be tolerated.

Trump and Obama are Not Equal Opposites

It’s an unmistakeable trend in conservative political commentary to assert that Trump is merely the answer to Obama. Some of these folks simply hated Obama and couldn’t get rid of him, and now they like to say it’s progressives’ time … Continue reading

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God, the Trinity

There is only one living and true God. Anywhere. Ever. He is personal and immanent even as he is transcendent and infinite. Without beginning or end, God was not created, but he is the creator of the universe. He is … Continue reading

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God, the Father

God as eternal Father reigns with care over his universe, his creatures, and the flow of human history according to the purposes of his grace. He does this in an inexplicable way that balances his perfect will with humanity’s legitimate … Continue reading

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God, the Son

Having no beginning and no end, Christ is the eternal Son of God. In his incarnation as Jesus Christ, he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary. In this arrangement, what Christians call “the incarnation,” Jesus simultaneously … Continue reading

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God, the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the eternal Spirit and Wisdom (Sophia) of God. She convicts of sin and facilitates righteousness. She enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in sanctity, worship, evangelism and service. The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to … Continue reading

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The Church

Church is not a building; it is a community of faithful people who recognize who Jesus is and have given their lives to him (1 Cor. 12:12-13). The church of Jesus Christ is a universal body of believers who are … Continue reading

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The Bible

Have you ever found it odd that so many churches’ belief statements start with the Bible? It seems to me that we should start with the most important first, which (at least for me) is God and each member of … Continue reading

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