Minister: The Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
People: Let us rejoice and shout for joy, giving God the glory.

Minister: Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
People: as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

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I do not like the term “faith blogging.”

But that is what I am setting out to do. In a weird, need-to-throw-my-thoughts-out-there kind of way, I decided to start blogging again, but I’m kind of stuck with a one-track mind.

If you ask my wife what I am thinking about when I am not thinking about anything else, she will tell you, “God.”

And it’s true. Not because I’m so pious or spiritually fine-tuned or — God forbid I even claim it — spiritually mature, but because for a reason only he will ever fully understand, God decided to wire my brain to be constantly thinking about him and how he works.

That has taken me a lot of places in the last few years, from the Southern Baptists to a Presbyterian congregation to an Episcopal chapel to a Bible church to where I am now, a church that eschews labels but in the phonebook is labeled as “interdenominational.”

I am not one of those people who hops denominations in the hopes of finding the Truest True Church of All, but I do feel God placed me in all of those places for a reason. They have all taught me something, and they have all left me vaguely frustrated — all of them have done something incredibly right but have also had a flaw that comes from being a human congregation.

I say all of that to get to my point — I am trying to think beyond denominational and doctrinal loyalties. I’m still confessionally in line with the Westminster Confession (though those bits about the Pope are not very nice), but I don’t think that the divines grabbed a stranglehold on the truth in the 1640s and that ended it. I want to stay true to the truth by claiming the Reformation motto of “always reforming” and making it a lifestyle, and this faith blog is about my attempts to do that, even if that means reading a book not on someone’s approved reading list or making a statement no one else at my interdenominational church agrees with.

Sometimes I’m irreverent, and sometimes I’m too emotional. Both have their place, and with this project I’m just trying to be honest with myself and everyone else, even if it does get lopsided. Questions, comments and constructive criticism are appreciated.

There will be more to come, I am sure.

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