A Taste of Things To Come…

writingI thought I would give you a taste of one of the projects I’ve been working on over the last few months. This is a brief excerpt from my upcoming non-fiction/testimony manuscript, tentatively called “It Is Finished: So Why Isn’t It Finished”.

This comes from the Introduction:

For years I too gravitated away from these types of discussions, the exchanges some fellow Christians joke are “intense moments of fellowship”, because everyone around me just seemed so…certain. I’m not so sure I have ever been certain. (Would that be a certain uncertainty of certainty?)
Comfortable, yes.
At peace, yes.
Certain? Not so much.

Personally, I think this is a very good place to be, or at least it’s been proving so for me.
I think that it’s because, for years, one of the main problems I had was in confusing my uncertainty with doubt. And, though I still wrestle with doubt and likely will until the day I pass into the ethereal void, I no longer have a tendency to wallow in it.
Oh, I did. I had my moments, big time! But now I no longer so much doubt the existence of God or the tenets of my faith as much as I remain uncertain of just how big, how gracious, how loving, even how authoritarian, my God actually is. These days, I tend to err on the side of really big, and really gracious, and if I tend to confuse anything, I think it’s more of a confusion of uncertainty with…wonder.

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4 thoughts on “A Taste of Things To Come…”

  1. Hey Kent,
    I was just cruising a few blogs and decided to drop by – you can have absolute assurance of salvation if you would like it. I’m happy to talk thru my own experience by private email if you are up for it!
    cheers Graeme

    1. Ahh, Graeme. It’s been too long my friend. I’d love to converse via email. I’ve had quite a journey over these last three+ years and, to be honest, I’m more at home and comfortable in my faith at this point in my life than I have been since coming to Christ (in earnest) almost twenty years ago. In fact, I wish I still had our old correspondence because I feel as though we have a lot more in common toward faith and belief now than we did those few years ago.

      Stripping away a majority of the ‘religion’ that I’d been dogged with all this time allowed me to see the true (Truth) beauty of Christ-plus-nothing. I fully understand that I am a new creation, the old is gone. Who I am now is nothing more than Christ in me (Philippians 1, 2Corinthians 12, Galatians 2, Romans 6&7…pick one 🙂 ) Overall, I was making it a lot harder than it needed to be and I’m very much at peace with my faith.

      When I spoke of “uncertainty” above, my point is more with those who are so unwaveringly certain in their beliefs that they no longer leave room for the wonder and growth that is the “mystery of God”. I feel as though they are stifling themselves in their rigid ‘understanding’, no longer allowing room for the Holy Spirit to mold and grow ever closer to His will. God IS wonder, He lives in the ‘gray areas’ and ‘margins’, and my prayer is that I never stop growing in Him.

      Still, I’d love to hear of your journey and talk a little more in depth (I know a lot of this is in your book, but still, nothing like a little conversation to stimulate the senses, no?). Email anytime @ bookslogger@gmail.com.

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