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Some go to seminary to recover, to heal, to catch their bearings. For myself, the process was inverted.
Raised in a conservative Evangelical home, attending a very mature and spirit-filled Mennonite Church, I went to seminary with a fairly functional worldview and hermeneutic.
Within a few years, however, academic instruction – in conjunction with a difficult ministry experience – rocked my stable wordlview. I spent 2008 questioning everything and looking for truth and relevancy within the Emergent Movement (I hope to have a Kindle-book written on that shortly).
Towards the end of that year, however, the flaws of that movement began to be apparent to me. When my questioning of « Emergent » brought an angry back-lash, (see links under « Emergent » in « Index of Posts ») I felt propelled out of that phase and began pursuing truth (paradoxically!) by digging to the roots of both Reformed and Mennonite traditions. (Posts to come on that shortly)
I stumbled upon some very high-quality resources from the Reformed Church, and began to work my way down to the roots of Liberalism and Modernity (see posts under « Liberalism » in « Index of Posts ») In so doing, I was finally able to undress and deconstruct the illusions (and also good points) of the Emergent Movement (see later posts in « Emergent » under « Index of Posts »).
My worldview was finally beginning to come together again! However, when I attended a much-anticipated class on Karl Barth, all of my hard work was brought under critique again, as Barth – who was both opposed to and sympathetic towards both Reformed Orthodoxy and Liberalism – threw my world upside down again. Most of this past winter has been spent trying to regain my footing, within the context of Barth’s critiques and opinions (see posts under « Barth » in « Index of Posts »)
Presently, I have been enjoying the rest and solace of a study-break in which I studied only Biblical books, spending my time almost exclusively looking at the texts of Scripture. I have been involved in my local church, and have been reconnecting with my family and God. Recently, God has called us to missions and we are eagerly pursuing several possibilities.
I am amazed at how God has been clearing away the fog of academia, to lift me into a world of certainty, simple faith and obedience through a simple study of His Word. However, the journey has not been wasted.
Through it all, I have been challenged to form convictions on Liberalism, Gender-Roles, Modernity/Postmodernity, Pacifism, Environmentalism, Hell, Homosexuality, and Philosophy/Metaphysics. (You may see my posts on these topics under « index of posts ») However, my journey is not yet completed.
Still on my list of topics to examine thoroughly are: hermeneutics, creation-science, and eschatology. I need to re-examine my philosophical assumptions and worldview. No doubt these topics will occupy considerable space on my blog in the upcoming years.
Through it all, I have learned one thing: knowledge puffs up, but love edifies (1 Cor. 8:1). Jesus is a person, not a concept and even though thoughts about Him are important, my relationship to Him is ultimately internal and relational, not intellectual.
Thus, I am not questioning God, but rather beginning with the truth that « God is, and there is none besides Him, » (Isa 43:10) I am then seeking to reason outwards from this point, to « destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, » (2 Cor. 10:5), until Christ is fully formed in me (Gal. 4:19) and I
As a result, I hope one day soon to no longer be a child, tossed about by every new wave of doctrine, but rather to attain to a mature man, and the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ, » (Eph 4:13), being clothed in all the armor which God supplies so that I may be able to stand in the evil day (Eph. 6:13). That I may be able adequate, equipped for every good work, and able to teach (1 Tim. 3:2), reprove, correct and training in righteousness by the power of the Word (1 Tim. 3:16-17).
I would invite you to come along with as I enter the final leg of my journey, to finish my post-secondary education and complete the process of making my faith my own, in preperation of a lifetime of service to my great God and king and friend, JESUS CHRIST.