While we have several contributors, the blog’s primary owner is myself, Joel L. Watts. I am a happily married father of three, alive and well in the mountains of West Virginia. I have a few passions in my life. First, my family followed by all things Scripture. I love to read, to discuss, to analyze, to debate, argue and discourse. And, for some reason, I cannot shake politics, especially when it is connected to religion. I am also the author of two books, as you can see from my side bar. I have a third on the way.
I originally began to blog to correct the world and their foolish opinions about Christianity, but found myself facing challenges that I didn’t accept. When I did, it unsettled me. It unsettled my neatly trimmed Christianity, and set me on a course to my present position in life. I am a graduate from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. I attend, proudly, Christ Church United Methodist. While I may not lined up exactly with certain doctrines of the UMC, I have found great freedom to maintain my theological bent while working out my own salvation with God. Plus, I dig their justice stances.
Unsettled Christianity is a way to meet the challenges presented in our current world. From theological differences, cultural changes, and biblical studies, Christianity faces difficulties in remaining centered on Christ. Further, we have become too settled in this world, and in large ways, are experiencing a resurgence of modern-day Constantinism – pleading with the Government or other culture structures to give us peace and to cover us with their cloaks of protection! We settled for a seat at the table in post-modernity, when instead, we have a voice which should be at the door, heard loud and clear.
My Christianity has been unsettled due to biblical studies, theology, science, and culture. I am not secure in my Christianity, but my faith is more assured.
For no one can lay any other foundation than the one we already have–Jesus Christ. Now anyone who builds on that foundation may use gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But there is going to come a time of testing at the judgment day to see what kind of work each builder has done. Everyone’s work will be put through the fire to see whether or not it keeps its value. If the work survives the fire, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builders themselves will be saved, but like someone escaping through a wall of flames. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NLT)
This blog started as a small and feeble attempt to rid myself of words and thoughts that needed expressed. It was my feeble attempt to do something for the Kingdom of God. It has grown beyond my original intentions. I will focus on doctrine, on helps, and of course on bringing you news that interest me. I like to study. I like to know. Further, I like to know why and what I study and what and why you study what, well, you study. I want to learn more about what I believe, and why I believe it; if I find that my beliefs need to be changed, I will change it. My writing is not the most developed because this is a blog. For me, it is about getting points across and maybe not always fully. But, again, it is a blog.
I enjoy a good debate and will often post things just for discussion. The one thing that I do not like is debating with the witless. Please do not come to a discussion with some special insight or revelation. I seek to engage atheists, agnostics, pentecostals, or any one really. Do not spam my comments to promote your site. That will not be allowed. More of that in the comment policy.
I am blogging to understand my faith and to defend the Faith. I enjoy deep theology, believing that if a theological precept cannot be proved by the Scriptures, it must be abandoned forthwith.
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