Us: Who We Are
My friends and I used to laugh about the amount of writing on this website.
Who’s got time to read it all? Of course, no one really needs to. Anyone can do
the type of studying we’ve done on this website. Some of the research and survey
work can be painstaking and exhausting. And it does take a lot of time. This website
is for people that are looking for some help getting started or who have trouble
finding the time to do the studies themselves. And for people who are already
doing their own studies, our articles might be useful for comparing notes. The
important thing is that every Christian should live as a diligent disciple of
Jesus Christ. And we hope that this website can be a way to help bring those kinds
of Christians together. |
I grew up going to church and thinking I was just lucky. My church got everything
right. Why couldn't other churches see it? It was so easy. When people asked what
my church believed, I would say things like, "We just go by what the Bible
says" or "just what's in the New Testament." Then, after college,
I realized something. First, I did some reading and found out that my church didn't
just "get lucky" after all. Turns out they didn't have everything right.
Second, I realized that lots of churches and lots of Christians just go through
most of their lives thinking "We just go by what the Bible says" - even
when they haven't even really studied what the Bible says. That was a major turning
point for me. Basically, I realized that we're not called to assume we're right
or to be great guessers. Jesus wants us to actually study, to be students of His
teaching, and to be real disciples. Now when I say, "I follow the New Testament,"
it's no longer because I'm just guessing or assuming.
I have seven kids. So, it's no big surprise that sometimes balancing my time at
work and my time at home can be a bit of a challenge. And since there is a fifteen year age difference between my oldest and youngest kids, there are a lot of other influences I sometimes
have to contend with. A few years ago, Scott and Brian and I put together a "Gospel
Overview" study to help show my kids some of the common themes that come
up over and over again from Genesis to Revelation. It was also a really good way
to introduce my kids to basic biblical history. Having other Christian guys to
study the Word of God with makes things a lot easier.
I stumbled across biblestudying.net years ago when I was doing some online research for a bible study at work. I was impressed, as I had never really seen bible teaching done that way before. In the typical church or Sunday school setting today, you have someone telling you what to believe about Scripture, and because they are supposedly called by God to lead, most Christians just assume they are correct, and rarely question what they are told. Very little evidence is given or expected. The biblestudying.net method of study and teaching was logical, thorough and evidence based. It leaves virtually no stone unturned, and questions are both welcome, and thoughtfully addressed. Biblestudying.net also introduced me to the writings of the early Christians which are an invaluable resource in aiding our understanding of orthodox Christian doctrine. I now ask myself why this information has been largely ignored by modern churches.