Hi. My name’s Kent.
I live in one of the most picturesque areas of the U.S. here in the natural beauty of North Idaho. I’m a father of two great kids and happen to be married to a remarkable woman: beautiful, vibrant, and an amazing voice of reason and honesty (sometimes brutally so!)
I’m a writer both by hobby and trade. I’m also a part-time retail sales associate because I have bills to pay.
I also happen to be a Christian.
Of, relating to, or professing Christianity or its teachings.
A person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings.
Yeah, that sounds about right. And it seems so simple, right?
Ha! How can anyone put such a complex life-labyrinth–sixty-six books of Scripture and fifty-plus years of life in my own case–under one banner like that; a banner as individual as the God/Man from whom I take my name? Well….
First and foremost, I believe that God is love, and I believe that Christ is the model of what that love should look like.
I also believe the Bible should be read through the lens of love; anything that doesn’t jibe with the notion that “God is love” needs a serious second look.
I don’t believe that God is angry, or vengeful, or full of wrath. Yes, the Bible says all of those things, but it also explicitly says “God is love”, and Jesus was neither vengeful nor full of wrath. (Angry? Yes, mostly toward the religiously “knowledgeable.”) If we stop merely with a belief in God as vengeful, or full of wrath, we can too easily live a life of fear, worry, and constant doubt. And that’s not who we were created to be…
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image”….Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply”….Then God looked over all He had made, and saw that it was very good.
– Genesis 1:26, 28, 31, NLT
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
– John 10:10b, NASB
We were created “very good”, and we’ve never lost that!
Let me clarify something though: I have no problem with doubt.
I do that too.
To this day.
But doubt is never to be a destination, only ever a temporary rest-stop along the journey. Questioning is a good thing, and should be encouraged by the more mature faithful; especially for our youth and new believers. Why? Because I also believe there can be as many interpretations of the Bible as there are readers of the Bible. Therefore, I believe we could do with a lot less “The Bible clearly says…” and a lot more “I could be wrong…”
Look, I don’t claim to have it all together. I don’t claim to have this thing called life, let alone this other thing called faith, all figured out.
This blog is an invitation on a journey. What’s contained within is merely a few of the highlights, road signs, and turning points of my story so far—the good and the bad, the triumphs and the pitfalls. In other words, it’s a kind of unadorned, dog-eared, crumpled-up map of my faith walk up to now, and I freely invite discussion and conversation along the way.
This is also not some “I’m not perfect, I’m just forgiven” bumper sticker ideology. And, taken on their own, none of these personality traits, these little quirks and characteristics, can fully define me. Yet taken as a whole, these (and so many more) are the sum total of all that makes me, well, me. Including my belief in, and relationship with, Jesus Christ.