The creeds – a view from the pew

One of the great things about writing a blog is that people write comments on it that teach you things.

In the midst of the current Methoblog flurry about the creeds of the church, I wanted to highlight this comment from the pew by one of my frequent comment writers:

A practical view from the pew: After a life time of reciting the Apostle’s Creed, I came to the point as an adult that I realized I did not truly understand what I was saying “I believed”. Unfortunately hard on the heels of that realization, things went south for me at church and I ended up distancing myself from it. I finally stumbled on the Heidelberg Catechism and three books about it that fleshed out the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments and The Lord’s Prayer. Over a space of a few days Christianity went from feeling like rocket science to being simply unfathomable and “even I” was folded into God’s story of salvation. I was left wondering why nobody had never shared this information before.

Bottom line is, clergy and theologians tend to over think things when it comes to creeds. Reality is, reciting a creed every Sunday has a practical use for the person in the pew if it is fleshed out elsewhere. It is a very good “jumping off spot”. And, when fleshed out properly, the Apostle’s Creed is very much a Trinitarian creed.

On the road

I find myself in the middle of my life on an unexpected journey to a destination I do not know. Unlike Dante, I don’t have Virgil at hand to guide me. I’m praying for Jesus to find me on the way.

I won’t be blogging for a while.

Travelling mercies to you.

Labor Day break

School starts again. Summer ends. Lots of stuff going on. Blogging will be scarce for several days.

Grace and peace.

CPE & VBS blog break

A combination of CPE and VBS mean your friendly neighborhood blogger has little time for writing. (Or explaining mysterious abbreviations.)

I’ll see you all next week.

Good reads – June 21

Here are a couple links worth reading.

Talbot Davis – “What’s the Alternative?

Morgan Guyton – “The Virginia Conference Talks About Sexuality


I’ll be away for a while.

Peace be with you.