A friend of mine recently said, “It sure seems that you’ve gone through a lot of phases during your time as a blogger.”
I’m sure it seems that way, but most of that is an illusion of the blogging life. The people around me wouldn’t have any major change in my beliefs to report since I abandoned Calvinism a few years ago.
I’m not one of those communicators who preaches and teaches my blog. Quite the opposite. I preach assigned texts and topics. I teach Bible survey and stay with the syllabus. If I’m thinking through some major shift in my eschatology or how I plan to live out the Gospel, you’d have to follow me to my blog to notice. You won’t hear about it around here in the real world.
(Now, my various attempts to find a church home have been a bit more public, and probably do look a bit puzzling to those who know me well. But that’s another story.)
I have changed, however, in ways that are very significant in my own journey. Chronicling that journey is a primary purpose of this blog and a major reason for its readership.
I can summarize my Post-Evangelical journey in ten statements:
Ten Ways I’ve Changed
1. My circle of essential beliefs is smaller than before.
2. My loyalty to Jesus as presented in the Gospels is greater than before.
3. The Church is larger, more inclusive and less local than before.
4. The Bible is simpler than before.
5. My theology is more efficient. (That is, it more quickly moves to Jesus and the Gospel, avoiding more detours, side roads and cul de sacs.)
6. The Kingdom of God is more present and fundamental than before.
7. My vocation is more satisfying than before.
8. My spirituality is more “Jesus-shaped” than before.
9. My orthodoxy is far more generous than before.
10. The Gospel is more vital to every aspect of my life than before.