That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life...
Philippians 2:15-16a

About the Blog

I started my blog without much of an idea of where it would go, or what it would be about.  Initially, I wrote things about me, my life, my work, and day-to-day happenings.  As time went on and I got more familiar with the "blogosphere" I realized that I enjoyed writing about spiritual things.  I also realized that blogging could be a great tool to reach others for Christ, and to encourage fellow Christians.

I am a Christian, and this is a Christian blog.  I don't necessarily have a specific goal or purpose for my blog.  I enjoy writing.  I enjoy discussing theological topics.  I enjoy sharing exciting (and sometimes not so exciting) things that happen in my life.  

A lot of the theological things I write about are often for myself.  The Christian life is a constant journey of growth and maturity.  None of us have arrived.  Often I will write about a conviction or belief that I have, because I find it inspires me to do more study and that helps my growth.  Sometimes I'll write about controversial things.  I don't claim to have all the answers, but I know God's Word does.  Writing my thoughts down helps me to remember what I've learned from the Scriptures, and strengthens my convictions.  You may not agree with all my beliefs.  That's okay.  I don't mind a healthy debate now and then, but if you disagree with me please refrain from name-calling, and other angry or bitter words.  Remember, this is MY blog and these are MY beliefs. My intent is not to anger anyone, but I realize it happens. It's your choice to read what I write. I'm not forcing anyone to believe as I do.

I hope that perhaps someone will receive a blessing from what I write.  I would like to encourage others to realize the peace, love, joy, and abundant life that comes from knowing Christ, and I wish that to be the spirit of this blog.

If you wish to know more about what I believe click here, and you will be directed to the statement of faith on my church's website.

"Seeking to Shine"
I recently chose this name for my blog based on Philippians 2:15-16a. All throughout the Bible we see Christianity compared to light.  We see how as Christians, we are to be shining lights in the midst of a world darkened by sin, corruption, and wickedness.  Philippians 2:16 says we shine by holding forth the word of life.  That's why the Bible is such an important part of what I write about.  God's Word is the truth.  Jesus Christ is Light and Life!  My desire and prayer is that I would shine the light of Christ to those around me, and that I would also shine His light through my blog.

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

John 1:4-5, 9

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.