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First Things (read first)

     First Things. Prolegomena. Presuppositions. Basically this means where I’m coming from, what undergirds and drives what I say. And a few rules. Being a follower of Jesus Christ, I take the writings of both the Old and New Testaments seriously. Excerpts from them will appear here regularly. Borrowing from the good people at the Harvard Ichthus, I want this to be a place where Christians of all backgrounds, curious inquirers and wounded casualties of bad faith can have an open honest hearing. Know that I am fully and unapologetically concerned with the lordship of Jesus Christ and its implications for our lives and the world. And, being one, I strive to be a friend to sinners.

     God created men and women in His image (Gen 1:27). They are unique, valuable and loved. Taking things up a notch, Jesus Christ said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you… ”  (Mt.7:12).  Finally Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, died to pay the cost of our destructive self-centeredness. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” (I Cor.15:3) Anyone He would take a figurative bullet for is okay around here. Many are either unaware of or actively disbelieve these things. I will regard all coming here with the respect these teachings demand whether they believe them or not.

      So come with just a comment of response (Great post, Dave, it has a good beat to dance to!) or the seed of what could grow into a good conversation. Maybe you come with your hair on fire and a hornet in your shorts. That’s fine. But we will all play nicely with each other while here. No slack. No tolerance. No exceptions.

     If I don’t play by my own rules, you will let me know? While we will deal with serious things, you will regularly run across things not to be taken too seriously or taken with a large grain of salt. I have every confidence that people with your test scores, grade point averages and letters from college and grad school admission boards will spot and, hopefully, enjoy them. You’re a sharp crowd.

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