It seems a word about me might be in order, although it isn’t what I consider important. My background and training are in ministry. I felt called, was trained and inclined to serve. And tried to do that for several years in the Church, serving in about every capacity up to and including Senior Pastor. Hospital Chaplain, Greensboro, N.C.Fire Department Chaplain, and volunteer Chaplain for an Army Reserve Unit. Because of some personal and painful circumstances, I went through what I call an “eclipse of faith” (That’s Baptist speak for “backslid.”), resigned from the Church I was serving at the time and left the ministry. There was no scandal involved. I simply came to a place where my doubts were greater than my faith. When I reached a point where I felt I could no longer have served as MY pastor, I could not serve in that role for you or anyone else. Put simply, I could not “fake it.” I couldn’t wear a mask, so I resigned from the pastorate.
It doesn’t seem to be important to discuss details of those days past, beyond saying I’m extremely sorry I decided to resign and have made every possible attempt to re-establish a right relationship with God and the Church. I’ve discovered that the most difficult problem most of us have is accepting the fact that we’ve actually been accepted. Really been accepted and forgiven. Even when God is “faithful and just” and forgives us as we “confess our sins,” it’s hard for us to forgive ourselves. I still have to work on that, but I AM working on it. My desire to know and love God, and serve Him faithfully for the rest of my life is as much a part of me as breathing and having my heart beat. If you’ve ever been in anything close to this kind of situation, you know that a burning, yearning desire to serve won’t go away. I feel a deepening desire to study Scripture carefully and then feel equally driven to share some of the insights gained. The internet seemed to furnish an ideal outlet for me, a “bully pulpit” from which I could communicate some of my discoveries. In turn, it also can provide a forum in which those who choose to read and think with me can share their own insights. I would welcome and respect your thoughtful participation and response.
Beyond that, I have no other identifiable motive or reason for this undertaking. I’m not trying to get anyone to join anything. I’m not running for or from anything. I’m not trying to sell anything, because I really don’t have anything that is for sale. If you appreciate what is said, of course your encouragement in the form with which you feel most comfortable would be welcome. If you choose to reflect on my effort and respond with your own ideas, suggestions, and questions, that would be wonderful. I don’t have an “axe to grind,” and will not deal with denominational or political issues or any matters that are deliberately or unnecessarily controversial or divisive. That is simply not my purpose in this endeavour.
My approach will be: First, opening statements about how I study the Bible. This will deal with tools, techniques and methods I’ve found to be helpful in my own personal effort to grow spiritually. Then, I will use those tools to study specific passages in the “Book.” In the beginning, I’ll deal with parts that have been helpful to me, personally, as I attempt to follow Christ and apply ancient truths to present reality. Some of the discoveries have really brought great strength and hope to me, when both have seemed in dismally short supply.
I honestly don’t consider myself a “scholar,” but I try to be a careful “student.” If you find the approach to be helpful, without any strings attached, I invite you to join this expedition. This is an invitation not just to watch how my mind works, but also a sincere invitation and request that you share your own insights as well.
Wow! That seems to be more than enough for a beginning!! It is probably obvious to you that this is my first attempt at using a great tool. . . I’ll try to learn quickly and try not to bore you with my rambling or stumbling, bumbling efforts. And I will appreciate your patience and value your response.
To be continued. . .donkimrey
P. S. I’m really not skilled at the computer, although I’m trying. If you want to contact me directly, you may do so at Post Office Box 55, Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460, Telephone (910) 328 1763