About

I am a husband to the love of my life. I am the father to three children. My family is a gift that God has given and I am blessed by them each day.

I am a student at Dallas Theological Seminary pursuing a Masters degree in Theology with dual emphases in Biblical Counseling and Family Life Education. I am passionate about Christ and education in our churches and in our Christian circles. Generations of Christians failed to pass along sound doctrine and consistent teaching. Our culture packages Christianity as a choose-your-own-adventure, a buffet of biblical soundbites. Pick the verses that support your personal agenda, or choose the chapters you wish to turn to, ignore the ones that damage your position.

I was born and spent most of my life in East Tennessee.

I grew up surrounded by cultural christianity. I saw hypocrisy. I searched for answers. I found no answers and concluded that truth, if it exists, was not attainable. I came of age in the age of agnosticism. I was a product of postmodernism…then I met Christ and was born again.

I will look at real life, not a masquerade. I will write honestly. I will always attempt a biblical perspective on all things.

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  1. Have you looked into the Catholic Church? I’m talking about the real Catholic Church, not what some liberal, modernist bishops and laity pass off as the Church. There is a lot of propaganda against the Catholic Church so you may have rejected it already without really knowing the truth. The truth is that the Catholic Church is the Church that Our Lord Jesus founded on the rock that is St. Peter, and our bishops can trace their lineage back to the apostles. The Church is where we can access the sacraments that Our Lord provides to nourish our souls. The communion bread is transubstantiated so that He is truly present on the altar: body, blood, soul and divinity. In confession it is Our Lord who forgives our sins (provided we are truly sorry). And so on.
    I would guess that a traditional Latin Mass is more suited to someone on the autism spectrum than a Protestant or Novus Ordo Catholic celebration. You can go through the whole Mass without saying a word or interacting with anyone, if you want. There is no obligation to make the responses, of which there are few. If you want to go up for communion (assuming you meet the strict requirements, of course) you kneel at the rail and take the host on your tongue; no talking on your part (except for internal prayers). Eye contact is neither necessary or desired.
    The Mass is not primarily a social event. It is for God, not us. It can be offered by a priest even if there is no congregation. The new Mass that came in after the Second Vatican Council was deliberately made to be more appealing to Protestants. It allowed and encouraged more “active participation”, lots more talking and less opportunity for silent introspection and prayer. I think the old Mass would suit you better. It suits me better but I have to travel a long way to get to a Latin Mass.

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    1. Sarah, thank you for your comment. There is a lot of unfair propaganda against the Catholic church. With that said, I have theological and interpretative disagreements with Catholicism.
      In Matthew 16:18 Jesus had just asked “Who do you say that I am?” to which Peter answered “You are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus blesses Peter, saying the Father in heaven had revealed this to him. And then says, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…”
      The central point of the passage is the identity of Jesus as Son of God. This truth, revealed to Peter from the Father in heaven, is the rock on which the church is built. Πετρα usually refers to a bedrock or foundation from which stones are cut from for building purpose.
      Peter, is a rock, and instrumental to the early church, but was not the bedrock. The foundation of the church is the truth that Jesus is the Son of God.
      I also see communion as a symbolic representation rather than transubstantiation.
      I do like some aspects of the Catholicism. I have never been to a Latin Mass, but would like to sometime.
      In full disclosure, I have been diagnosed with ADHD-Innattentive. I have never been diagnosed, or officially tested to see if I’m on the spectrum. I have taken the self-assessment and scored pretty high.
      I have always related well with people that have autism, or any other differences in thought patterns or learning styles.

      I see how Mass could better suit someone on the Spectrum. The danger, as with anything, is that it becomes ‘just a routine’ like morning routines, or bedtime routines. Routines can be life savers if you are as disorganized as me!
      Of course that same danger lies in any denomination, it just seems more alluring in Catholicism because it is better structured.

      I appreciate your words, they demonstrate Christian love.

      Take Care,

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  2. Hi Jake, thanks for replying fully to my comment. I was interested to read your disagreements, which seem reasonable. They’re probably not your only objections but I’d like to give you my take on these two, if that’s okay? First, I would say that the most natural reading of the verse you quote about Peter is that Our Lord is making a play on words, and referring to Peter (petros) as the rock (petra) on which His Church will be built. This is especially so because Peter was actually called Simon; it was Our Lord Himself who gave Peter his new rocky name. 🙂 So we’ll have to agree to disagree on this point.

    Second, regarding transubstantiation, what about John 6:51 onwards?
    “[51] I am the living bread which came down from heaven. [52] If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world. [53] The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat? [54] Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. [55] He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day… ”
    Those who found this teaching too difficult to take left. Jesus didn’t try to call them back. He didn’t try to explain that He was only speaking figuratively. He really meant what He said. And at the Last Supper He gives the bread to the apostles saying “This is my body” and so on. He left us this sacrament so that He would be with us always, and so we could have everlasting life. The bread and wine was not meant to be just symbolic; it is spiritual food and has a direct effect on our souls.

    Finally, with the above in mind, you can see that it would be difficult for Mass to become just a routine. If one is aware of what the Mass really entails then it becomes the most important part of a devout Catholic’s life.

    Disclaimer: I’m not a Catholic theologian or scholar so someone more qualified may disagree with some of the things I’ve said above. I’m a recent convert so I’m just trying to pass on what I’ve learned so far. I hope you found it interesting.

    God bless you and yours. 😀

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