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Now past my “three-score and ten” years, I have been a member of the churches of Christ from childhood. A graduate of five Christian schools – (Mt Dora [FL] Bible School, Alabama Christian College [Now Faulkner University], Harding University, Sunset School of Preaching [now Sunset International Bible Institute], and Cincinnati Christian Seminary [now University] – I have spent much of my life as a Missionary (New Zealand) and preaching in Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Ohio, and Michigan.
I am now “retired,” but working with Eastern European Mission as Regional Coordinator [aka fund-raiser] for Florida. My home congregation now is the Central Church of Christ, Altamonte Springs, FL. My wife, Marion, and I met in New Zealand where she had immigrated with her family from England, so we each went half-way around the world to meet each other! We have a son and daughter, each with one daughter. We also have an adopted daughter who died just before her 33rd birthday in November 2000.
Theologically, I am conservative. That is, I believe the Bible is a genuine and reliable revelation from God. I believe Jesus is God’s Son, our Savior, and Lord. I believe the Holy Spirit guided men of God as they wrote the Bible and that He lives within God’s people today helping them to become more and more like Jesus.
Ecclesiastically, I believe in the oneness of the church as the body of Christ. The Scriptures reveal a church that focused on Jesus, not on itself. That is the way the church should be today as well. While I have no desire to recreate the cultural and incidental features of the church in the 1st century, I have every desire to see the church today possess the same qualities that made Christians unique in Bible times. (See my series on the Traits of the New Testament Church.)
While all groups (including families) develop traditions over time, I want to be able to discern the difference between tradition and God’s revelation. I have no serious problem in parting with tradition; I never want to leave God’s revelation behind. For more on my concept of truth (since my blog title says I am committed to it!) see About This Blog, What Is Truth? and Can the Average Person Discern Truth?
Reading my posts in this blog will reveal me more than any personal statement I may make. Will you find complete consistency in all of my writings? Probably not. I can be as mixed up in my head as anyone – though I try to be as consistent as I can be. My constant touch stone, though, is not what I have written but what I have read – in the Word of God. Will I be consistent with that? This is my constant goal and desire.
I have frequently said that I believe my opinions are the very best in the world – because as soon as someone convinces me he has a better one, I adopt it as my own! This does not mean that I adopt every hair-brained idea that someone floats. It does mean that I am willing to exchange my present ideas for better ones that are consistent with the revealed will of God as I understand it.
My aim in this blog is to explore truth, not only as doctrine but as a way of life. I state my reasons for writing in my first post, Hello World. My concept of Truth is in What Is Truth? and at this post.
For more of my personal history, you can see the post, My Influencer: Parker Henderson.
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