The Mail Bag
“Before you became an Anglican I knew where you stood on doctrinal issues. Now, you seem to believe everything and nothing. How can we trust your work if you won’t be clear about what you believe?”
First…you don’t need to trust me. There are these things called “books”…people called “pastors”…and a place called “church”…
Before I became an Anglican I was Reformed. Reformed theology is a systematic wonder and I still have some sympathies with it. However, like all systematic theologies there are some socks hanging out of the suitcase. To make everything fit in the systematic suitcase you have to compromise something else in it. I simply do not think that’s intellectually honest, so rather than argue with the Reformed confessions, I went someplace that allows me to travel with some things hanging out of my luggage.
Anglicanism isn’t about one strict doctrinal formulation on everything. It’s about how we worship. The ties that bind us are the liturgies and the Book of Common Prayer both of which are utterly orthodox and thoroughly biblical.
I’m completely bored with most doctrinal disputes and equally as captivated by the person and work of Jesus Christ.
I believe what the church has believed in all times in all places.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,born of the Virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;
On the third day he rose again;he ascended into heaven,he is seated at the right hand of the Father,and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,the holy catholic Church,the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting.
Why don’t you write on abortion?
What’s left to say? I can’t think of any other issue that has been addressed as completely, consistently, and frequently by Christians across denominational lines. The only thing I have to add to that conversation is a call to be consistently pro life across all issues and that just gets me nasty letters…because some lives do matter more than others…
Why don’t you write much about Calvary Chapel anymore?
I will if something merits my attention.
Calvary Chapel as a movement is on institutional hospice care.
Part of that is because of the insane power struggles, part is because it’s lost any sort of unique identity outside a small remnant.
All denominations are facing these identity crises as they attempt to be something they’re not or all things to all people…
How can a Democrat be a Christian?
The same way a Republican can…by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Both parties are opposed to biblical concepts of human flourishing in some ways and support it in others.
My identity is found in neither…
Do you pray for President Trump?
Yes, but the content of my prayers is probably different than yours…
Why do you make fun of biblical prophecy?
I make fun of people who think they can find it in current events and the newspaper…or the online equivalent.
You do realize that every prophecy update since Darby has been a false report, don’t you?
Quit being a mush mouth…what do you believe about the Bible?
I believe it’s the inspired ,sacred, text of Christianity that contains all things necessary for salvation.
I believe it is filled with paradox, mystery, and symbolism.
It reflects the cultures it was written in, the people inspired to write it, and eternal verities from the mind of God.
It is in essence a narrative of creation, fall, redemption, and re-creation.
I focus on that narrative to make sense of the book…