Sweet Sixteen

I have loved and I have lost but I have never lost my name.
I have fought the losing fight but it has never been in vain.
I have risen from the pyre and I will never be the same.
I have seen all that is in you and I’ll never look again,
For I have burnt the bridge behind me and filled in that noisome grave.

I have run with wolves and lions but have never caught the deer.
I have conquered Hell through fury but I still can taste my fear.
I have battled to draw near you but have never been drawn near.
I have walked into exile but I refuse to disappear,
For I have loved and I have lost you and I won’t fall to despair.

I have ever been a servant but have never bowed my knee.
I have always been a drunkard but have never tasted mead.
I have studied since my birth but I have never studied Bede.
I have let you pierce my heart but I do not have blood to bleed,
For I have renounced foolish love and on this day I turn Sixteen.

Thinking about the divine

The blasphemer is, indeed, fundamentally natural and prosaic, for he speaks in a commonplace manner about that which he believes to be commonplace. But the ordinary preacher and religious orator speaks in a commonplace manner about that which he believes to be divine.-G.K. Chesterton

Before I could become Christian, back in 2002, I first had to have all my questions answered, at least to a reasonable extent. Christianity had to make sense to me, and though this didn’t mean that every little question was completely answered (for there still remains a great many questions about God and this world), I needed to find my faith in his righteousness through understanding of his Word. My hope is to help others who seek the same understanding by writing about Christianity and addressing some of those questions.

I do not want to misrepresent myself, though, for I do not mean to imply by the title of this blog that my writing attempts to make the divine common. Rather, I hope to represent the common man by considering simple theological matters that confront us everyday and to discuss these thoughts in a manner that can be understood by all. Like C.S. Lewis writes in the introduction to Mere Christianity, it is not mere because it is small, but because it is foundational. It is the core of our faith.

The thoughts in this blog will wander in and around those core issues, touching on the tangents and seeking to answer the questions that frustrate, confuse, or tempt both Christians and non-Christians alike. It is through questioning and seeking answers that we find the Truth, which is Jesus, and draw closer to God. Therefore it is important that we at least think about these things.

Jesus says that he stands at the door and knocks. If you choose to open the door, but never ask or learn anything further, you haven’t actually walked through it. My hope is to make that step a little easier.