Welcome to contra mundum.
What is contra mundum? In the introduction to Athanasius’ On the Incarnation, C.S. Lewis wrote:
“His epitaph is Athanasius contra mundum, “Athanasius against the world.” We are proud that our own country has more than once stood against the world. Athanasius did the same. He stood for the Trinitarian doctrine, “whole and undefiled,” when it looked as if all the civilized world was slipping back from Christianity into the religion of Arius—into one of those “sensible” synthetic religions, which are so strongly recommended today and which, then as now, included among their devotees many highly cultivated clergymen. It is his glory that he did not move with the times; it is his reward that he now remains when those times, as all times do, have moved away.”
I can think of no better goal than to strive for that which remains. This blog, entitled contra mundum, has that goal in mind: a place to strive for things that will remain. It is a place for me to get my thoughts down on paper. It is my hope that contra mundum will become more than a vanity project. I hope it will come to be another way station for those who wish to mull theology, ministry, and the weighty matters of this life.
I hope on this site you can get to know me a little bit. I am married to the love of my life, Rachel. I am currently a student of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. I am a graduate of Auburn University (War Eagle!) and of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University.
I hope you’ll get to know what I’m passionate about. I’m passionate about seeing the light turn on. You know what I mean: that moment when someone comes to grips with the truth about God and is never the same. It’s the look in their eyes that says, “How have I never seen this before?” It’s more than knowledge. It’s watching the Spirit stir in someone so that they can’t keep the truth to themselves. It’s the moment someone realizes that everything has changed and they have to tell others.
That’s why I teach the Bible. It’s why I’m studying theology. I believe that God’s truth changes people. It brings them to life by the Spirit. It teaches them what love truly is. It shows them mercy and forgiveness. It shows them who God is as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When it’s all said and done, nothing is more important than this.
Stick around here and you’ll get a lot of that. There are also there some links here to things I’ve written at other sites, like The Gospel Coalition, Radical, For The Church, and others.
Grace and Peace,