About

Personal Bio

I’m a 27 year old guy and husband to one wife. I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church, spent several years lost in the ultra Pentecostal/ Charismatic wilderness, and now have found peace and rest in the great Reformed traditions. I read lots, write lots, and I love God as imperfectly and as infallibly as I can.

Statement of Faith

I hold to the fundamentals of the christian faith, encapsulated by the holy, inerrant scriptures, as well as the early creeds and confessions, insomuch as they reflect said scripture. To a lesser extent, I would hold to various articles of the reformation, with special consideration to the Westminster Confession, and then to a lesser extent of that, the three forms of unity- the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt. Any other theological distinctives that I have usually make their presence known through my writing and reviews, and are easy enough to see.

My Reviewing Philosophy

What I do when I review a sermon, is I mainly look to see that the law is being used lawfully, that the gospel is preached as it should, that the bible verses aren’t being taken out of context, and that historical Judeo-Christian orthodoxy and biblical theology is being preached. I tend to stay away from critiquing personal style and homiletic skill, save for a few comments here and there when something stands out to me. As well, because I am not necessarily doing this as a service to anyone, but rather just sharing my thoughts, the critiques I offer as far as subject or content are usually related to what I feel it is important to preach about and about things I like to hear about, and whether I am being taught new things. For example, if you are preaching a sermon that amounts to little more than moral deism, that sort of thing will get tagged and highlighted and ripped wide open.

As well, if I comment favorably on a sermon, it does not mean that all those pastor’s other sermons are of the same quality.Similarly, if I respond negatively to a pastor’s sermon, it does not mean that he is a bad preacher, or that he doesn’t know what he’s doing. As a rule, I tend to have so much respect and grace for any preacher who is heeding the call of Christ to preach and lead and guide the church. As such, I try to respond as gently as I can. I know far too well how easy it is to just sit back and take pot shots at a sermon that he may have spent hours or even days on, and that doing so really doesn’t help anyone. As such, when I comment on a sermon, it’s never my intent to tear down or to be dismissive of anything or anyone, but rather to simply see that these preachers are rightly dividing the word of truth, and to build them up and encourage them when I can, and to correct them in truth and love as a brother in Christ when I feel they require correction. In case anyone is wondering though, most churches in this city are doing a good job and have pretty solid preaching.

Similarly, though I may respond negatively to a sermon, that is not necessarily a reflection on  the man of God in the pulpit. While I don’t know many pastors personally, I have had interactions and communications with most of them, and for the most part they seem like a bunch of great guys. And so I would urge everyone reading this to take that into account, and extend grace and brotherly and sisterly affection towards these preachers and teachers.

Contact

Any and all questions, comments, concerns or requests can be directed to germain.dustin@gmail.com  and I will endeavor to respond to each one in a personal and timely manner.

26 thoughts on “About

  1. After only 10 minutes on this site I am quite intrigued by what I read. I look forward to meeting and discussing many aspects of our own outreach with Dustin…
    I appreciate your grace for pastors…
    Rick

  2. For quite a while I’ve been disturbed by the story of the Widow’s mites and felt like it was out of character for Jesus to be praising this whole scene which was actually what he seemed to be so strongly against. I searched the internet and found over an over again praise for the woman and a call for sacrificial giving. I was more disturbed the more I looked, and then I found your thoughts and was so happy to read what you wrote. It’s amazing how the very thing Jesus opposed became the accepted teaching for thousands of years. I plan to read more of your site. Thank you.
    Robert Roberg

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  4. Robert is there any way I could speak with you concerning Brad Jersak. He is scheduled to speak in September and after reviewing the comments I need some additional help so I might be able to articulate my concerns. Thanks
    In His Grip

  5. Tyler, are you wishing to speak to me, the writer and author of the Brad Jersak piece, or Robert, the commenter? Thanks!
    Dustin

  6. I’m interested in why you chose to review sermons. It is a fascinating endeavour and one fraught with danger.

    It is encouraging to see a young guy (I’m young too) so passionate about the word of God! Blessings!

    • hi stephen. glad to have you respond. i’m not sure why i chose to do sermon reviews. part of it was because i enjoyed the challenge and the rigorous biblical exegetical work that would be required to do this task, and this offered me a easy, local, and personal way of doing it. unfortunately i didn’t anticipate the negative feedback from congregants and pastors who did not like the errors i found or pointed out, and slowly fazed them out, though i am planning on reviving them soon, at least on a less frequent.

      • i haven’t, no. I’ve lead bible studies before, and prayer groups, but no formal preaching. its something i’ve always wanted to do, and i imagine that i will one day, but i haven’t had the chance yet.

      • Reason I ask is because it would be interesting to know how your reviewing would change. I’ve been preaching regularily for a number of years now. It has made me much more merciful in my evaluation of others’ preaching. It is a tough job and I’ve had my share of crappy (and even mistaken) sermons.

      • i don’t think it would change much. I essentially and exclusively critiqued theology, and not speach amd mannerisms. and even if i did misspeak, i like to think i would offer a correction next sermon if confronted. but i do hear what you’re saying

  7. i have to say, I am truly happy that I have found your blog. May I ask, what lead you out of the Catholic faith? What really got you questioning and ultimately deciding to leave?

  8. I really appreciated your post on “The Myth of the Shepherd breaking his sheep’s legs.” Good reminder to do solid research before we spout off from the pulpit. However, I immediately had an initial question – which now I see has already been answered in the thread above (do you regularly preach?). As a corollary, I have one encouragement for you: starting preaching, man! I hope you hear this with the gracious and brother-like tone I intend to convey. Ask God to provide opportunities (or one residual opportunity) to preach the Word. I’d love to see and hear how that goes. Live in His hope!

  9. In short, you’re young and don’t know what you don’t know.
    You don’t do much ‘thoughtful discussion’ here: you perch and point. Anyone who disagrees with you faces a childish response. This is what I’ve found here at your blog. I hope you find opportunities to preach- it’s a different world than the one you’re in right now.

      • i don’t dabble in silly, ad-hominem attacks that have no interest in presenting a thoughful disscusion or a poignant counterpoint. if you have an objection, present it in the arena of ideas. if you want a place to rant, then feel free to keep on posting, but don’t expect me to consider anything you have to say.

  10. i don’t dabble in silly, ad-hominem attacks that have no interest in presenting a thoughful disscusion or a poignant counterpoint. if you have an objection, present it in the arena of ideas. if you want a place to rant, then feel free to keep on posting, but don’t expect me to consider anything you have to say.

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