Location: Chattanooga, TN area
Politics: Southern Unionist, Scalawag
Education: English, Humanities
Religious heritage: Protestant, Evangelical, Trinitarian Pentecostal
Ethnic heritage: English, Irish, and Cherokee
Countries visited: Canada, UK
God has revealed himself to us through his creation and his Word. We can know God’s character through his words, even though we’ve never seen his face. One day, faith will become sight (1 Corinthians 13:12, 1 John 3:2). Until then, we must rest on God’s unchanging Word. People are no different. We can learn their moral characters through their words, without ever having seen their faces. “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).
I was born and reared in Appalachia, but I’ve lived in other places here in the U.S. Since 2000, I’ve visited all states in the lower 48 and all the Canadian provinces (by car). I’ve also taught university-level writing and literature. I love reading, writing, watching movies, listening to music, and attending church. However, my education, background, work and travel experiences, and personal interests shouldn’t commend or malign me. I want to stand or fall on my words, on their alignment with the Word of God. If I fail here, then nothing else matters.
About this Blog
I’m a philosopher, preacher, and poet. The Word flows through me 24/7. I write about the Bible and current events.
I’m a self-educated theologian. I have no degrees in religion or theology. [I did earn an undergraduate minor in religion.] Everything I know about the Bible I learned by reading it. I also look up my Bible’s cross-references and refer to concordances, dictionaries, and lexicons. But I don’t use commentaries. I don’t care what other people say. The Bible, through the Holy Spirit, interprets itself. This interpretation is neither the medieval fourfold method nor the Renaissance historical-grammatical method. The latter was intended only for secular books – Plato, Aristotle, etc. So why did Reformation theologians borrow it? The Bible, through the Holy Spirit, interprets itself. Divine rules are different!
I was reared Protestant Evangelical, but I now reject the term ‘Evangelical’ for its negative connotations. I want nothing to do with ‘Christian Zionism.’ Israel is a Rothschild state, so Zionism is anti-Christian. It’s based on dispensationalism, a doctrine of demons. Supersessionism is little better. Saying that the church began in Acts 2 is itself a dispensation. The church began on the first Passover in Egypt (Acts 7:38). Of course, if one takes Hebrews 11:39-40 literally, maybe the church began with the murder of Abel! So I believe in new covenant theology.