A Peculiar Pilgrim has survived heretics, critics, and even free-willies to make it to the big 0-ONE by God’s grace. A Peculiar Pilgrim was birthed into the blogosphere exactly one year ago today- and blogs everywhere trembled. My initial post Road to Reformation -Part 1 kicked off what has become for me a most wonderful and blessed experience (The jury is still out on just how blessed my readers have been). I love blogging, but I love comments from my readers even more (hint – hint!). Always feel welcome to leave your thoughts, even if they don’t agree with mine. It works to sharpen us all as we continue to come to a full knowledge of the truth.
There are several reasons I chose to start a blog. First, I desired to chronicle my story of turning away from my semi-Pelagian beliefs to Calvinistic ones. Secondly, I wanted to help others who were struggling with the whole Church-Growth/Purpose-Driven movement dominating modern Christianity.
In the beginning I actually had two blogs. My other one was titled Post Tenebras Lux (After Darkness, Light). I used it primarily as a discernment watchblog. After a couple of months I realized I barely had enough time to maintain one blog, much less two. I eventually merged the content of Post Tenebras Lux with this one. In April I posted Coming Out from Among Them – Part 1 (the story of leaving my old church) and my blog emerged from oblivion. To this day, that post has more views than any other – by a comfortable margin.
Another reason I blog is to crystallize my thoughts on various biblical topics. My mind is cloudier than a thick London fog. Writing helps to organize my thoughts as well as develop them more fully. Sometimes my posts are fairly lucid. At other times a post may be little more than a stream of thought put to digital text. in the end, blogging has helped to sharpen my convictions and cement my beliefs in the glorious truths of scripture.This may sound strange, but I look forward to reading my posts several years from now and observing how far I’ve come in my knowledge and wisdom of God’s word. Like the saying goes, I am reformed, yet always reforming.
To celebrate this anniversary I am posting links to my top ten favorite posts of 2007. These are listed in descending chronological order. If you’ve somehow missed any of these articles, here’s your chance to catch up. Enjoy!
My exposition of Romans 8:33-39 plus a little applied logic to boot.
A testimonial concerning my conversion from sinner to saint and Pelagian to Calvinist.
A reflection on my misuse of God’s gift of solitude.
The climax of the heart-wrenching separation from my old church.
A blunt refutation of the silly belief that God is not personally involved with condemning sinners to eternal punishment.
I’m frankly surprised this made the list. It is a painfully honest assessment of who I am and the hope of who I am to become.
Truly, no sarcasm here. It is a sincere apology to the most famous free-will advocate of them all – sort of…
The first piece of fiction I wrote after my conversion over 12 years ago.
A short study on the true meaning of biblical meditation and why we should not be afraid to commit ourselves to the life-long discipline of studying God’s word.
A detailed account of my amazing deliverance from the deception of modern Christianity. The Lord is so good to me.