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My stuff. This section contains the things that matter to me. Some are important, others are just interesting.

Honest: Deadly honesty matters to me. Nothing on this site is a lie, and as much as is humanly possible, nothing on this site is inaccurate or even skewed.

Am I Unbiased?

By "unbiased" I don't mean that I don't have opinions or conclusions.

By unbiased, I mean I won't "spin" the facts. I'll be fair with the evidence. Chances are, I will also tell you what I think about a particular incident or doctrine in Christian history.

Unbiased: I also made great efforts to be unbiased. What I don't know, I tell you I don't know. What I got from somewhere else, I tell you where I got it. When the general consensus of scholars would be against me, I let you know.

I wanted to give you—and I believe I did give you—an accurate, well-rounded, and scholarly site. I wanted to make it story-based, the way history ought to be.

If you're a Christian, I wanted to make you feel history matters because it's your own history. I wanted you to feel a part.

I believe I succeeded.

But in this section is … 

My Stuff

I'll still be deadly honest, and I'll still be unbiased. Here, however, I'm going to tell you more than the facts. I'm going to tell you the conclusions I've drawn from an honest look at history, at life, at God, and at the Christianity around me.

There's My Story, and then there's …

Issues I'm Passionate About

One issue at the center of my life in 2011 is my diagnosis of acute leukemia, a form that typically has only a 25% chance of survival. As I write this, in October of 2011, I'm past the first chemotherapy and in remission, so my chances are closer to 2 out of 3 now.

You can read about my whole experience at my blog, Thrilled to Death. I also have a page on Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm and bone marrow transplants for those interested in the disease I have, though my leukemia is only similar to BPDCN.

The Church

Jesus said that the world would know the Father sent him because of Christian unity (Jn. 17:20-23). Teaching on the Church is basically completely lost to American Christianity. Biblically, our growth as Christians and our testimony to the world hinges on the Church and the unity of the Church.

I'm breaking this section up into links. I'll be working on getting the pages on the Church up throughout March.

What is the Gospel of Jesus

The true Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16). The righteousness of God will be revealed in it. This means it will produce righteousness by its own power in every believer.

Not just any righteousness, but the righteousness of God. Not a pretend righteousness, but a righteousness that reaches the hands, feet, lips and heart.

The Gospel of Jesus is heavily compromised in much of the world in order to fill pews and obtain money. (Sorry, the truth isn't always very palatable.)

I think the best preparation I can give you for looking at the true Gospel of Christ is this reproduction of a blog post of mine called What Is the Gospel. The reproduction on that page has sidebars showing the historicity of what I'm saying, which I was unable to put into my blog post.

If you can bear that, then you should go to my articles on salvation at The Rest of the Old, Old Story web site I do.

Evangelicalism

I was born again in an Evangelical church (Assemblies of God denomination), and when I look for brothers and sisters, I look first in Evangelical churches.

However, Evangelicals don't care very much what the Bible says. They just say they do. They claim, "the Bible is my sole rule for faith and practice." In real life, though, that's almost never true—not in any practice nor in any article of belief.

See also sola fide (faith alone).

The History of the Trinity

The Nicene Creed (or its sister, the Apostles Creed) is quoted in all liturgical churches (Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Anglican, some Presbyterian, and others) every week. As far as I know, not one of them believes it!

The doctrine of the Trinity taught by the council of Nicea (Nicaea)—and contained in the Nicene Creed—is forgotten. I've never met anyone who knows it.

Oops, I forgot the Orthodox churches! They still hold to the Nicene view of the Trinity. They're basically the "Catholic" church of the Mid and Far East.

Historians know about the Nicene doctrine of the Trinity. They talk about it when they write about the apologists (mid to late 2nd century). They also blame (of all things) Origen and Eusebius Pamphilius for holding it. They don't seem to realize that it's the view espoused by the Council of Nicea.

The Creation vs. Evolution Controversy

I believe Christians should be the most honest people on earth. I believe we should be the most fearless because we are the most protected. Proverbs says the righteous are as bold as a lion (28:1).

Nature will always proclaim the majesty of God, never take away from it.

It can't because it's his creation.

This link is just an introduction to a vast and complex subject. It's not for the weak of heart. However, it's a lot better for you to hear this news from me—a whole-hearted believer in God and his creation—than from someone attacking your faith.

I also have a blog called Creation by Evolution.

Then there's things I just find interesting …

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