"Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom?" –Marvin Martian

Jason Blair

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I was born in the early 70s, came of age in the 80s, learned some vocational stuff and started working in the 90s, and began learning new stuff in the late 00s. I was raised in the United Methodist Church, where I was baptized and confirmed. After that, I gave God hardly a second thought. In the later half of college, God chased me down and reconciled me to himself through his son, Jesus. I was evangelized by a fundamentalist, and discipled in the Evangelical Free church, where I serve to this day. During that time, I got baptized again (which if you asked me about it today, I would say was unnecessary). I was taught the typical "ask Jesus into your heart" evangelicalism, with all the culture war, moralist, pre-mil-dispy accessories. I became a fan of CCM (which in the 90s was pretty cool, but today is a steaming pile of ...), and was fortunately introduced to the Cornerstone Festival, which may lie at the beginning of my understanding that there's a whole lot more to Christianity than the evangelical wasteland. I'm a network administrator (computer geek) by trade. That makes me a Slashdot reader from way back. It was there that I noticed a tag line at the end of someone's post (probably PWinn or Kurt, but I honestly don't know) that lead me to this site called the BHT. After getting used to the layout and the stream of converstaion, I was hooked. It also confirmed my suspicions that not all was well in the evangelical world. It was about this time that I was getting into the emerging church conversation, and serving the one thing our church did along those lines. Tapping into the iMonk site, and getting into Robert Webber has since broadened my Christian experience to the point that I accept that my theological home lies somewhere between an evangelicalism that hasn't gone off the rails and the Anglicans. In other words, I'm a theological mutt, and I have no one spiritual home, save that of Christ himself. Other than that, I'm a seminary student (Baptist, if you must know: Bethel Seminary in Saint Paul, MN) aspiring to pastoral service, a musician (guitar and sax, mostly rock/blues, but I'll try almost anything once), a martial artist (taekwondo plus a few other goodies). More importantly, I'm a husband to the coolest chick on the planet who I don't deserve, and the dad to two amazing little girls we adopted in the late fall of 2009. Most importantly, I belong to Jesus Christ, and I want nothing for this life but to love him, and in him to love others.

Question: Other than Merton, who is a Catholic writer every protestant or evangelical should read?

I don’t know much (um, anything) about Molinism. I do like the mental idea of infinite (parallel?) universes applying to theological thinking, though. Each universe is one in an infinite series, with God being some entitiy outside that series but able to interact with each. Of course, if you’re a fan of open theism, you […]

I haven’t followed apologetics circles for a long time, but one person I remembered and got to meet at the Cornerstone fest was Gretchen Passantino (later Coburn). It was a shock to learn today that she suffered a heart attack and died on Oct. 2. Her family is rallying around her husband, Pat, who has […]

I have to be careful. These days, if anyone asks me what I think of rapture theology, my answer is along the lines of: BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Art of Manliness should be required reading for life.

That Naked Pastor thread is brutal, but one of the very rare cases where it’s worth it to read the comments. One of the things that kept me from going too deep with the emergent crowd was a sense of something being off that I couldn’t pin down. I loved (and still love) the idea […]

I’m sure you all remember the most notorious watchbloggers from our piss and vinegar days. I learned from Tony Jones’ blog that none other than Apprising’s Ken Silva has died. Being one of those who came through a stint in the emerging movement, I would often join the outrage at his commentary. Still, I don’t […]

Christianity in America is/was/will-ever-be changing. We’re in the middle of it, and can’t see the endgame. We’ll still try to look ahead at where things are going, though. I’m sure I’m wrong, but what I see: Mainlines won’t necessarily die off, but they’ll continue to free-fall. Those left will either end up in progressive social […]

I agree that some of the “aha” moments seem kind of weak. I even found myself reasoning through some potential explanations that didn’t fall back on some kind of inerrancy argument. Still, the series is good if for no other reason than to show others that one doesn’t need to hold to some kind of […]

When You Read the Bible and…

Have any of you been reading Peter Enns’ “aha” moments series? He’s posting the personal stories of moments of discovery from scholars and pastors who confronted those moments when they realized something in the Bible didn’t add up the way they were taught. Some might look at it as a poke in the eye of […]