Approaching Damascus: Where the gospel changes everything
I have been hesitant to begin a blog for long time and for a lot for a lot of reasons.
I am not confident that I have much worthwhile to add to a blogosphere already filled to the brim with information and opinions. There are a lot of good weblogs and I try to check in on them as often as possible. I do read blogs, but I tend to read them when someone recommends posts that have a “Wow!” factor or if the RSS feeds catch my attention. I mostly watch for reactions to blogs by those I trust. Most of those recommendations pop up on someone’s Twitter feed.
So why add my voice to the internet chorus? It is not about making statements; it is about writing myself clear. I got that phrase from Dr. Albert Mohler who once told me that he “writes to think himself clear.” I like that. Writing something that someone is going to read and react to forces a dimension of clarity that is purifying. My desire is to use this space to think better, communicate more clearly, bring glory to God, and become more like Jesus.
Why the name, “Approaching Damascus”?
Because just outside Damascus (Acts 9:3) Saul was converted. The Apostle Paul met the living Savior, Jesus Christ, on that Syrian road. As he was “approaching Damascus,” everything changed.
His life was intercepted.
His perspective was reversed.
His eyes were opened.
His passion was redirected.
His worldview changed.
His soul was converted.
His mission was clarified.
Paul’s approaching Damascus is a rallying point. It symbolizes for me a place where the gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything. So I want to use this blog as a simple way of communicating (primarily) to our Crossroads family some things that are important to me as I watch Jesus Christ come to bear on everything in our ministry and in my own life. I hope that it will be an extension of my pastoral care to the flock I love here at Grace Community Church.