Thursday, April 17, 2008

Why I'm A Mutt

I'm not charismatic but I'm not a cessationist.

I'm an amillennialist but I'm a post-tribulationist.

I'm a five-point Calvinist but digs at Calvinists don't bother me much.

I'm a credobaptist but I like paedobaptism.

I read and love John Piper, and I read and love N.T. Wright.

I'm "anti" pragmatism, program-driven church, and seeker sensitivity, but I have great affection for Willow Creek Community Church.

I listen to Coldplay, use wax in my hair, wear distressed denim, hang out in coffee shops and the occasional pub, and, more tellingly, read and love Eugene Peterson and Dallas Willard, but the whole "emerging church" thing rubs me the wrong way.

I listen to and read Mark Driscoll and I've been a stay-at-home dad for over 6 years.

I'm a political conservative who pretty much always votes Republican but the Church's flirtation with politics bothers me a lot.

If, like me, you don't fit into one box, kudos.

7 comments:

Michael said...

That's all well and fine but doesn't that make you a heretic?

(asked tongue in cheek)

brandonmilan said...

yeah, I don't really fit into any one box either... in fact, my wife and I have always referred to ourselves as "reformed" but after talking to one of her friends who is a lutheran the other night, she decided that "reformed" just isn't a good word to use. Then we got frustrated because neither one of us could think of a better label.

David Wayne said...

Whatever you are, you are great just as you are Jared.

Besides - I've heard that mutts are often healthier than purebreds.

Bob said...

Man, we have so much in common, Jared. Ummm, except the Coldplay. Can we still be friends?

Bob said...

Oh yeah, and I don't have hair to wax!

Shannon Lewis said...

Good stuff! We could probably plant a church together!

Milton Stanley said...

Delightful post, well said! It's good to see another blogger declare as a theological mutt. Peace.