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.
Any and all questions, comments, concerns or requests can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will endeavor to respond to each one in a personal and timely manner.