Most of you reading this probably don’t know me. My name is Jon and embedded in the lines of this BLOG are my story. A story of the grace and mercy of the cross. But also a story of how Jesus, the cross, and the gospel also is continuing a process of transformation that continues every day. On this BLOG you won’t hear a lot about trying harder, spending more time doing your bible study, spending more time in God’s word and prayer, and be more moral…. although I do hope my story exhorts you to do that. You will, however, hear thoughts about idolatry, worship, and sin. You will hear a lot about the heart and the gospel!
I tend to be somewhat Lutheran in my thoughts. Lutherans tend to engage in a Christocentric theology of the cross. A belief that Jesus purpose on the cross finished it completely for me…. Jesus’ grace and mercy reign over sin. I also believe that a person that stares at the grace and mercy of the Gospel daily can’t help but be put on a forward moving journey of change and growth in Christ! You will hear a lot about that journey on this BLOG!
If you wanted to categorize me and label me.. I am neither Calvinist or Arminian … out of fear of interpreting Gods word via some method. I also consider myself somewhat “lutheran” and the 5 solas of scripture of Martin Luther speak to me.
- 1 Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”)
- 2 Sola fide (“by faith alone”)
- 3 Sola gratia (“by grace alone”)
- 4 Solus Christus or Solo Christo (“Christ alone” or “through Christ alone”)
- 5 Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”)
I am in the word often…. either reading something again or maybe more often rehashing something older and in prayer asking for the correct interpretation of Gods word so I can apply it in my life. The BLOG is more a presentation of How Gods word, truths, and God himself have worked in my life. You may have to read between the lines in some cases but my life story is there … somewhere. If you want to understand me more read click on the My Vision tab or the True North tab on the link on the right side or top of this page.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Jesus’ purpose on the cross tell us …
We are more sinful and weak than we ever cared to admit and (why Jesus had to die for me) …
We are more loved and accepted than we ever dared to hope (why Jesus was glad to die for me).
We will never hunger for Christs’ beauty until we have seen the filth of our own vain efforts to make ourselves beautiful.