“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”
This is the invitation and imperative to a Gospel-centered life given to us by Jesus. The transformation the Lord commits to fulfill in the lives of His disciples extends beyond mere outward expression and blind zeal into the realm of inward renewal and affection for Him through His Spirit and revelation. As disciples, we no longer take the shape of the world, but instead we see the scales fall from our mind’s eye. That is, the disciple’s task is to recalibrate his worldview according to the truth claims given to us in Scripture. Our task is to discern this Truth- to explore its ramifications in our lives, to discover how it corresponds to reality, and to take pleasure in knowing the second person of the Trinity, who is the "Word" and the Truth.
A worship-full life is a thought-full life.
“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
There is a false dichotomy that some of those in Christian culture have placed between truth and love. The knowledge of God involves an experiential component. Knowing God, by God's own design, entails more than a cold study of brute facts. Yes!-- Christianity’s truth claims indeed remain true regardless of the Christian’s actions. However, there is a deep correlation between the truthfulness of our doctrine and its transformative power in our souls. It is His love that leads us to His truth and saves us from our sins. To this end, we say that we cannot fully “know” the God of the Bible if we are not being transformed by, through, and in His love.
On Truth and Love
The Gospel and proclamation of the Gospel embodies both mind and heart, information and incarnation, discussion and relationship, abstract and application, truth and love. As it turns out—much to the surprise of the skeptic—one facet of the beauty of the Gospel is that Jesus does not ask us to have blind faith, but rather gives us every reason to have confidence in Him and His teaching. Likewise, a relationship worshiping Him is not based on purely intellectual study but is in every way the pinnacle of human experience that culminates in future glory. Theology (the study of God and His interaction with us), then, is not for the academic alone. It is tuning in to the sweet musical orchestration of Jesus’ redemptive work in each of our lives, regardless of the instrument He sees fit to play in the movement we find ourselves in.
A worship-full life is a balanced life.
This ministry is the result of a personal struggle—trying to live in the academic realm and in the world of pastoral ministry. As such, I’m convinced that we as disciples should have a theological thought life that fuels our love for the Lord and for others. The mission is to facilitate both of these amongst God’s people. May this be a place for thoughtful discussion where the Gospel’s long-reaching effects hold sway in our minds and in our hearts and in our thoughts and in our lives. Christian theology, ministry, apologetics, biblical exegesis, and philosophy are to be discussed here, especially as they converge with our everyday lives. Aside from the On Truth and Love online component, we are involved in serving local churches through providing expository Spirit-filled preaching, theology and apologetics training, and corporate worship leading through music.
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Speaker and Writer
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Education: B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, M.A.R. in Theology and Apologetics, M.DIV in Theological Studies
Passions: Expository Spirit-filled preaching, theology and apologetics, playing the banjo and ambient guitar, Thrice's "Beggars" album, hunting and fishing
Musical Soloist and Women's Minister
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Education: B. S. in Women’s Ministry
Passions: Serving others in the little things, building relationships, encouraging others through singing