So it’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything on the blog. I could easily blame it on camp this summer or an overwhelming amount of school work, but it’s probably more because of complacency, distraction, and downright laziness. So I apologize for the lack of posting on my part, but that’s soon to change.
Over the summer I worked at the Christian summer camp known as Crossings. It was an amazing and life altering experience that I hope to relive one day in the near future. While I was leading a bible study this summer, composed of students ranging from the sixth grade to the twelfth grade, I realized that very few, if any of them, knew the basic words I was using to describe the gospel. Words like grace, faith, cross, and sin eluded them. I had to carefully explain the meaning and connotations behind each of them as we walked through the absolutely amazing and life changing news of Jesus and his bringing us to life. At the same time, however, I realized that I had often assumed that I knew the meaning and connotations of these words. Looking back, these words carried very ambiguous meanings and connotations. The true implications of their use in scripture was a mystery. My lack of understanding of these seemingly basic words disturbed me. So when I got back to Union University I immediately approached four of the wisest men I know and together we decided that we would flesh out these meanings. We figured that between the five of us we could come up with a definition that makes sense to not only theologians, but our neighbors and friends as well. So for the next seven months or so, we will tackle a different word each week. We will be looking at the gospel as a whole and the words that we often view as “basic”. What does scripture say about such things as “grace”, “faith”, or “sin”? How does our understanding of the gospel effect the way we live? How do we convey these big and oftentimes intimidating words to our friends, families, and those around us? These are questions we’ll be tackling as we get down to the roots. We are pumped to see what God has to reveal to us.