My Positions: Where I Stand on Various Issues, Both Current and Ancient

I’m sometimes asked about where I stand on various issues, so I thought I’d summarize my positions here, with links to longer statements, articles, or other resources where necessary.

I embrace and endorse both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. and the faith statement of Grace Hills Church.

I believe in the Trinity, that the Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, eternally exists in the three persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that all three are co-equal in deity.

Jesus Christ is eternally God, incarnated in human form via conception by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin, Mary. He lived sinlessly, died for the sins of mankind, and rose again literally and bodily and now reigns as King.

The Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God. I find value in both the historical-grammatical and historical-critical approaches to interpretation.

Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone with no mixture of works or human effort, and that salvation by grace is permanent. Every believer is eternally secure.

I am not a Calvinist. Nor am I an Arminianist, believing that neither system gives adequate balance to the issues of God’s total sovereignty or the free will of man.

I am not a proponent of a strict, literal six-day creationist view of Genesis. I believe that creationary evolution is a possibility and bears no threat to the Genesis record, which I believe was never intended to present a detailed scientific record of the origin of the physical world.

I am not a complementarian, in the strictest sense, nor would I agree with all that many egalitarians espouse. I prefer to believe that male and female are complementary in nature but equal in value. I believe the emphasis in the New Testament is on mutuality and partnership and not hierarchy or authority structures.

I believe that both men and women are equally welcome to preach, to teach, to pastor, to serve as missionaries and evangelists, and to serve in any capacity within the church that lines up with their calling, giftedness, and character.

Here is a longer position paper on the subject of women’s roles in church leadership.

I believe that mankind was created male and female and that marriage is strictly between one man and one woman for one life.

I believe that LGBTQ people are just as valuable to and loved by God as anyone else and should be welcomed and included in the life of the church.

I am passionately pro-life. While I believe there is grace and healing for women and men who have chosen abortion, I do believe that abortion itself is an act of murder and should not be legal anywhere under any circumstance.

Being pro-life and believing that Christians should seek the welfare of all people, I do believe we should strive to welcome strangers through legal immigration and a robust refugee resettlement program.

I also believe we must address our culture of gun violence head-on, even if it means restricting our freedoms by limiting access to certain kinds of guns and ammunition.

I support the Black Lives Matter movement but do not endorse any particular organization that goes by that name. I believe systemic racism definitely exists and that the fruit of the gospel should be Christians who work for social and racial justice. We still have a long way to go before people of every color enjoy equality of opportunity and justice.

I also support law enforcement officers who serve and protect with integrity and who refuse to be complicit in systemic injustice.

Here is a longer position paper on the subject of racism, racial justice, and Black Lives Matter.

I am a continuationist and believe that all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit are available to the church today, including tongues (rightly understood), prophecy, healing, etc.

I consider myself an amillennialist, believing that Jesus Christ’s return is imminent. I am a preterist in my interpretation of the Revelation, believing that most of the chapters of the last book of the Bible refer to events that occurred during the first century of Christianity.

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