View of Theology
It is an inescapable aspect of human existence and has shaped nations, societies, and lives, so we might as well help each other come to a better grasp of it. I feel the pursuit of theological is an important and noble one as the consequences of such beliefs have and continue to impact how we view ourselves, relationships, and the world. An objective analysis is helpful in maintaining a healthy view toward a potentially sensitive subject matter and enables sincere interactions with others. We all desire to make sense of things and theology lends itself well to this quest. In fact, theologically based beliefs and principles are often at the root of many such discussions and can be an indispensable tool toward psychological and social peace, stability, and security. Obviously when misguided, misused, or improperly discerned, they can also have a negative impact on the hearts and minds of individuals and society as well, placing a burden rather than enabling liberty.
Although I have examined the aspects of various religions by way of graduate level courses as well as through personal study, I have greater level of intimacy and knowledge base regarding the concepts and tenants of Christianity (namely New Testament Theology). It is not my goal or task to cause others to agree with any one position, but rather to allow individuals to accept, reject, or ponder each theological position or belief for the distinctive principles possessed by each, as well as to examine and understand the rational and motivation behind these ideals and theories. This can often work to increase self-awareness as well as genuine empathy for others. If one would like to become more familiar with my own theological posture and writing style, please feel free to visit my personal blog: www.goodnewsrevolution.wordpress.com.
Since October of 2011 I have taught classes at a non-denominational church consisting of adults and high school students with various beliefs and backgrounds. I have also assisted others toward the completion of writing assignments for high school and/or college level classes. I am currently working on a potential doctoral thesis or book entitled “Resorting the Sons and Daughters of God: An Exposition of New Testament Thought Toward a More Comprehensive, Appropriate, and Effectual Characterization of Grace, Righteousness, and Faith.” Topics covered in all of the above endeavors include: Church History, the philosophies and writings of Christianity and the Apostle Paul and their interaction with Greek, Gnostic (humanistic), Roman, and Jewish thought and perspective, grace verses law, imputation of righteousness, the origin and purpose of faith, religion and government, the nature and make-up of humans and their relation to and with God, how such concepts as human consciousness, mercy, guilt, security, and love are defined and valued and how they are portrayed or developed in current culture. To date I have preached three sermons entitled: Forgiveness of all sin, Living by the Spirit, and The gift of righteousness.