My name is Jeff, I was born in 1964, became a Christian in 1984 through reading the book of John, and am happily married.
Our real idea of God may lie buried under the rubbish of conventional religious notions and may require an intelligent and vigorous search before it is finally unearthed and exposed for what it is.
–A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy
This is the process I’m going through now and may be for the rest of my life. There are so many “conventional religious notions” as Tozer puts it that I have taken for granted. I read a commentary on each book of the New Testament and some books of the Old Testament to see which of the cliches and ‘common knowledge’ in my evangelical circles are Scriptural or not. For what’s true I want to know Scripture to back it up. I also wanted to root out any major and obvious interpretative flaws I had. And I’ve gotten to the point that whenever I hear something dealing with theology, a person’s opinion or even hearing or reading a verse of the Bible in isolation, I need to look into it. (Acts 17:11)
More importantly I want to know God better through reading His letter to us. How fascinating and unending this is. It’s not just reading and gaining knowledge, it’s having the Creator as a teacher revealing Himself to us.
The faithful pastor, and all other faithful believers, love to learn God’s Word because they love the God of the Word.
There are obviously many other facets to our spiritual life like prayer etc. This blog focuses on studying the Bible through reading it, books and commentaries about it and various articles and blogs found on the internet.
If nothing else I’d like to keep a record for myself of what I’m learning. If a couple of other people can benefit that would be great. If others can help me through their comments that would be even better.
I’m Reformed if that makes any difference to you. As far as what flavor, something like classical Calvinist (having read Calvin’s Institutes), Dutch Reformed and a love of the Puritans. I don’t believe one must be Reformed to be saved or know the truth but I strongly believe in those principles and see them all over the Bible.
My main subjects of interest are God, the historical Jesus and Christology, prayer, suffering, and the sovereignty and providence of God. As you can see, these overlap quite a bit. Smaller categories would be ‘the fear of God’, The Sermon on the Mount, and Colossians.
My hobbies are careful weight training, gardening including houseplants, with coleuses being my favorite plant, photography, computers, coffee–even though I can’t drink much–and roasting it, cats and going to see doctors.
I deal with a few chronic conditions which is mainly why suffering is by necessity an area of interest and written about frequently.
I was interviewed by Shaun Tabatt.