Some Further Reflections on Joseph’s Story

Over the last several weeks at Park Community Church, we have been hearing the stories from the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) that point to the greatest story of all–God’s plan to redeem His people through Jesus Christ. As the most recent “episode” of the “Great Stories” series at the Forest Glen church, we heard a message from Pastor Steve Coble on the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis, chapters 37 – 50.

Here are a few of my takeaways from the message:

1. Every evil and tragic thing that happened in Joseph’s life was not only used by God, but actually intended by God for Joseph’s eventual good. God did not merely “use” the trouble and tragedy in Joseph’s life, as though He was working out a Plan B. Rather, it turns out He actually had a plan from the beginning that superseded all the evil intentions of the “villains” in the story.

Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. The wife of Potiphar, Joseph’s master, falsely accused him of sexual assault. In prison, Joseph was forgotten and left to rot, by someone he had helped. And yet every single one of these seeming misfortunes was a stepping stone toward Joseph’s final promotion (to second in command of the whole kingdom!) and reconciliation with his family.

Even the famine that struck the region worked out for good, as it brought Joseph’s brothers and father to him. God’s sovereign plan often has, worked into it, evil people doing evil things. He does this in order to show that He is in complete, sovereign control. His creatures will freely choose to do wrong, but God is greater than our plans.

He is totally good, and He is in total control. The same is true in your life today. If you love God and have been called according to His purpose, then God is working all things in your life together for good–to make you more like Jesus and unite you to Him as His brother or sister (Romans 8:28-30).

2. Joseph’s story had implications that stretched far beyond his own lifetime. Joseph himself became a pattern of the Messiah who would come–namely Jesus. Jesus was betrayed by his own people into the hands of evil men, falsely accused, and punished as an innocent man. And like Joseph (though infinitely more significantly) Jesus was vindicated–raised from the dead!–and promoted to the most exalted position in the kingdom.

The story of Joseph and his brothers is one chapter in the grand story God wrote in history, leading to the conclusion in which Jesus Christ rescues His people from calamity and establishes his righteous reign. In fact, Jesus is reigning now, and possesses “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). Right now you may be on the wrong side of His reign–not yet submitted to Him–but you can be reconciled to God, just as Joseph’s brothers were reconciled to him, by admitting you are a sinner and repenting to God, trusting in Jesus as Savior and King.

3. I can stop worrying, and so can you. Joseph’s story, and the Gospel to which it points, powerfully conveys that God has a good plan, He is in control of our circumstances in order to bring about that plan, and His plan is good for us. If God can bring His Son back from the dead (and He did), and if God has promised everlasting life to those who trust in Jesus (and He has), and if He will be with us always (and He will), then what is there to worry about?

I tend to worry about my children–that I will fail them as a father. No doubt Joseph’s father, Israel (the name God gave to Jacob and where the nation of Israel gets its name), felt like a failure on that day that his sons reported that Joseph had been killed. But God was in control, working out His plan. Israel saw the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (cf. Psalm 27:13), and he realized the truth: God is able to use the worst tragedies to bring about redemption and rescue.

Joseph’s story is a great story, and it doesn’t end with Him. It continues on to the Messiah and through Messiah to his people. Are you one of His people? Trust in Him!

On Being Prepared to Defend Your Faith

In the Bible, God instructs his people to be prepared at all times to give a response, whenever anyone asks us about the hope that we have.

Most followers of Jesus have probably heard that command, yet how many of us are confident that we could, at the drop of the proverbial hat, feel ready to give an adequate defense of the Christian message?

A few months back, I was asked to create a resource that will answer the biggest objections and questions that people have about the Christian faith. If you know anything about me, you know that one of my main passions in life is tackling the tough questions–I do not always have the answers, but it’s a real thrill tracking them down. And I happen to be a believer that, as God’s breathed-out word (2 Tim. 3:16-17), the Bible has the answers contained within it; any resource like this is going to direct folks right back to Scripture. So the thought of creating a resource that would defend Christianity against the toughest objections out there, and encourage my friends at Park to get deeper into the Bible, was really exciting to me. It was exciting to the other Park pastors as well–and a couple of them actually had enough margin in their schedules (a small miracle to be sure, given that many are husbands and dads–and all are incredibly busy) to be able to come alongside me on the project.

This initiative will certainly be aimed at non-believers who have real questions and objections, but it will also be for equipping Christ-followers to obey that command that we all know, but most of us never quite feel ready for: defending the faith.

More details will follow. However, in the meantime, maybe your interest in defending the faith has been piqued. If that’s the case, I want to recommend the blog of another Settecase–my brother Parker. Parker has been tackling some of the toughest questions and objections against the Christian faith for awhile now, and he does it well. You can also check out my older blog, with the unfortunate title, “Don’t Forget to Think.” And one final recommendation: go get The Reason for God, by Timothy Keller, right now. Read it and re-read it, then hand it off to a friend (maybe that one friend or coworker with all the objections about God that you never quite know how to answer). You will be glad you did.

Every follower of Jesus needs to be able to obey the command to be prepared to defend his or her faith. The steps we take today can prepare you to better do that tomorrow. Happy preparing!

Spread the News! New Resources Posted!

FYI, I’ve just posted two new resources that I hope will be useful. The first is for Spanish-speaking parents: a Spanish translation of the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones (thanks to Antonio Salgado).

And the second is for churches to use in equipping their people to share their faith. You can find them both at the top of this page in the Resources & Media tab.

Why You Should Still Believe In The Bible, Even If It Contradicts Evolutionary Theory

As I write this, I am preparing to participate in the Skokie Library’s panel discussion of religious leaders, interacting with the Smithsonian Institute’s Exploring Human Origins exhibit currently on display there. If you’re a follower of Jesus, I would certainly appreciate your prayers as I get ready for this exciting event. If you’re in the area, consider coming on on Monday, September 19th at 7PM to enjoy what promises to be a lively discussion.

Does the Bible contradict Darwinian evolutionary theory? I believe it does. Some disagree. But what if they do contradict one another? Would that be a good reason to give up belief in the Bible?  No; as I intend to show, there is good reason to the Bible, even if it does conflict with the accepted “scientific” paradigm of Darwinian evolutionary theory.
To begin with, I will freely admit my dependence on God’s revelation in Scripture. The truth of the Bible is my most fundamental presupposition about reality, and I reason outward from there. As we will see, that’s a good thing–especially given the alternative.
So why doesn’t it matter whether the Bible and Darwinian evolutionary theory contradict? It is because belief in evolution means believing in rationalism. The problem is that rationalism ultimately collapses on itself and turns into irrationalism. And irrationalism similarly collapses on itself and turns back into rationalism again.* The belief system turns out to be totally incoherent. We’ll look at this issue in two stages.
Clear as mud yet? Read on.

Stage One

  1. It is a rule of logic that two contradictory propositions can not both be true. 
  2. If Bible and evolutionary theory contradict (which, again, is the issue we’re considering–whether or not they actually do contradict is beside the point), then to believe in evolution is to disbelieve, from the get-go, in the Bible. Because rejecting the Bible means rejecting the God of the Bible as the standard for truth, to reject the Bible in favor of evolution would be to subscribe to a kind of rationalism.

    Rationalism, according to theologian and philosopher John Frame, is, “the view that the human mind is the final judge of truth and falsehood.” But remember that two contradictory propositions cannot both be true. Therefore the only way you can be sure that everything you think you know is not false is by knowing single fact in the universe. Unless you know every fact in the universe, for all you know there might be a fact out there that contradicts every single proposition you think you know.
  3. As an ape evolved by time and chance alone after an extraordinarily long series of random mutations out of a sea of goo, you don’t know every fact in the universe. After all–why should an ape think he is omniscient!?
  4. Therefore, for all you know, every single proposition you think you know could be contradicted by some fact out there.
  5. This means you cannot actually be certain about anything in the world.
  6. You are stuck in irrationalism: you are now forced to live in complete uncertainty and without any certain knowledge of anything at all.
  7. This means that, even if evolution were true, you would have no good reason for thinking that you should believe it–because you could never actually be certain that you knew it (or anything else in the world).
  8. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if the Bible and Darwinian evolutionary theory contradict. Because if evolution were true, and it did contradict with the Bible, then you couldn’t know that, or anything else. And this whole conversation is moot.
  9. “Fine!” You may say. I can see that there’s no reason to believe in evolution, if it’s actually true. But I still can’t believe the Bible, because I am now an irrationalist. With my limited mind, I can’t know anything for certain–including that the Bible is true!”

Stage Two

  1. Alright now, you’ve adopted irrationalism. Irrationalism, according to Frame, is, “A view of epistemology [the study of knowledge] that emphasizes the deficiencies of human reason, at the extreme denying the possibility of rational knowledge.”

    And now, like a good irrationalist, you know that you know nothing for certain. Here’s the thing: you DO know some things for certain about the world. For example, you now know that you have no good reason for believing in evolution, if it is true (see above). You also know you exist. And if you insist that you really don’t know anything at all, well then I would simply ask, “Do you know that for certain?” See the problem? You’re asserting irrationalism with rationalistic certainty. You know that you don’t know.

  2. Given that you do know some things for certain, and given that two contradictory statements can never both be true, there are only two possible options: either (a) you know everything–and therefore you are sure that there are no facts out there that contradict anything you think you know, or (b) God, who reveals Himself in the Bible, who actually does know everything and alone can be certain, has revealed some things to you–such that you can be certain.
  3. So the fact that you have certainty at all in your life, about anything, presupposes the truth of the Bible, God’s revelation about Himself and the world.
  4. To emphasize that point: because the Bible is true, we have certain knowledge about some things in the world.
  5. Because the Bible says that every book, chapter and verse within itself is “breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:15-16) we must presuppose that the Bible is true in its entirety. If we want to pick and choose which parts we will believe, we are substituting God’s standard of truth (Scripture) for our own fallible, fallen and incomplete knowledge. And then we’re right back to where we started.
  6. So this is why it doesn’t matter whether Darwin’s evolutionary theory contradicts the Bible. Because the Bible is true. So if Darwin’s theory contradicts it, then Darwin’s theory is wrong.

How to Respond

The Bible is God’s truth, given to us through men whom the Holy Spirit spoke through. And in the Bible, God reveals to us his holy character, his grand design of the world and His plan for the people He has created. As a people, we have rebelled against God. We have sinned and pursued our own autonomy–strongly desiring to live in God’s world, enjoying God’s benefits, but without God. As we have just seen, the desire for autonomy does not work out very well. In fact, it collapses in on itself!
In the Bible, God warns sinful people like you and me of the eternal consequence of living a lifetime in rebellion against him: everlasting punishment in Hell (Romans 6:23) says, “the wages of sin is death….” In the same Bible (in fact in the same verse!) God offers sinners like us complete pardon and reconciliation–through the man that he has chosen as judge of the world. God publicly confirmed that this man is both the perfect standard of goodness, and the perfect judge of humanity, when he raised this man from the dead.
You guessed it: the judge and God’s perfect standard is Jesus. And it is He who offers you reconciliation to God–even right now as you read this! The Bible says to change your mind (“repent”) about your so-called independence from Him and completely trust your life to Jesus, believing that He is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). If you will turn and trust yourself to Jesus, God will forgive you and give you new life, that will last forever with Him.
I know. To someone who has believed that Darwinian evolutionary theory was true since grade school, the Gospel (good news) about Jesus is going to sound foolish at first. But remember, we’ve shown here that, even if the Bible contradicts evolution, you should still believe the Bible.  The Gospel may seem to go against what you’ve come to see as common sense. But then again, compared to Darwin’s theory with its self-defeating rationalist-irrationalist cycle, the Gospel doesn’t sound like such nonsense after all, does it?
If you would like to know more, or you read this and have become a follower of Jesus, I would love to hear from you. Would you please shoot me an email at jsettecase@parkcommunitychurch.org?
Thanks, and God bless you.
*apologies to John Frame and Richard Pratt

Want to learn more?

  • Pratt, Richard L., Every Thought Captive (Phillipsburg: P&R, 1979).
  • Frame, John, The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God (Phillipsburg: P&R, 1987).
  • Bahnsen, Greg, “Greg Bahnsen vs Evolution” on YouTube.

Catechism Qs 3-4

How many Persons are in the Godhead?

Three!

Who are the Persons in the Godhead?

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened. Jesus saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove.  A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him.”

Matthew 3:16-17 (NIrV)

May the grace shown by the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May the love that God has given us be with you. And may the sharing of life brought about by the Holy Spirit be with you all.

2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIrV)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit….

Matthew 18:19 (NET)

Going back to the early years of this American experiment, there was a growing concern around the issue of diversity. The first settlers to arrive here from the Old World were English, but it did not take long for a large number of German immigrants to arrive. The Americans of English descent, then, began to worry that their anglo culture would be overcome by the norms, traditions, and religion of the Germans. It was a question of, how will this country achieve a sense of unity amidst all this diversity. Of course, there were two other people groups on the scene–namely the Native Americans and African-Americans–and it could be argued that the anglos did not exactly incorporate these two groups very well (but that is a discussion for another time).

Today, the question of unity amidst diversity has not gone away. In many ways it has intensified. And the question is relevant on every level, from a global scale (how will refugees from Syria integrate into Western culture?) down to our own homes (how will my son who wants to watch “Ninja Turtles” get along with his sister who is dying to watch “Strawberry Shortcake?”)

In the Bible, the question of unity and diversity is solved. And the answer comes in the very nature of who God is. The Scriptures present God to us as one God, ever-existing in three Persons. These are not three “personalities,” as though God were schizophrenic, but actual, distinct Persons. And yet God is one.

So, Christianity is monotheistic, believing in the one true God. Yet the one God has revealed to us as a Trinity–a tri-unity or “three-one-ity.” So there it is: God, the foundation of reality, in whom we all live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28) is united-in-diversity. The Father is not the Son is not the Holy Spirit. And these three are one.

If your children are toddlers, do not expect them to grasp this concept (as an adult, do you grasp it?!). It is enough for now that they know that there is one true God, and there are three persons in the “Godhead,” or divine nature. And this basic doctrine can be the foundation upon which you can build into your kids the complementary truths that (1) different does not automatically mean bad, and (2) it’s good to be united around what really matters.

The Doctrine of the Trinity is essential for understanding how the Church, which is a diverse bunch if ever there was one(!), can be one family–and how a family can love each other, even if its members are not all the same.

How does the Doctrine of the Trinity affect the way you see the world? Let me know.

Dear World

Dear World,

What is it about Jesus that makes his followers love Him so much? Followers of Christ today have so much joy and peace, even in the middle of life’s most intensely painful moments. Why is that? How is it possible that Christians are able to stand firm, even when the entire climate of the culture around them is quickly turning against them? There is more to Jesus than an ideology. There is more to Jesus than a legendary example.

What if what’s wrong with all of us really is sin? Not lack of education. Not economic disparity. Not our upbringings, but sin? And what if unending torment in hell is the very real consequence which our sin has earned for us?

Think about that. What if hell is real?

What if Jesus really has saved His followers from all of that? What if he can save you too?

What if Jesus really does make people “born again?” What if He really does give His followers the Holy Spirit–God Himself–as a gift to live inside them?

We Christians can’t change our beliefs to accommodate your changing beliefs, World. But we can still love you. And we can plead with you to be reconciled to God through Jesus.

When the “marriage equality” hangover sets in, and you realize that even that didn’t satisfy you like you thought it would, then we will still be here, still offering you the same Good News that brought us satisfaction and forgiveness–yes, even hypocritical sinners like us. We can’t change with you, but we can love you through this, and we can offer you what we have. And what we have is the truth. What we have is Jesus Christ.

And that is what you need, too.

Just like us.

With love,

Church

Hello friends & family!

What’s going on with my family lately: a post from my wife Aliza about our son.

prayforlukas

My name is Aliza Settecase and I am a mom to three beautiful children, Jakob (3.5 years old), AnnaSophia (2 years old) & Lukas (10 month old.)  I never saw myself as being a stay at home mom, but I was thrust into the role when I lost my job at 35 weeks pregnant with my second born, AnnaSophia.  At the time I was angry with my company for putting my family in this situation at such an inopportune time, as I was the SOLE bread winner for our family at the time, but God knew better.  I have absolutely LOVED staying at home with our kids and feel blessed by my new role.

That being said the road has not been an easy one for me and my family.  After losing my job, Joel, who was in seminary full time, was able to find a full time position at a…

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The Upside Down-ness of the Christian Life

In his First Letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul writes,

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE, always EXCELLING in the work of the Lord, knowing that your TOIL is not empty in the Lord”  (AT).

The Christian lifestyle, fully realized, looks like this:

  • We are steadfast in our faith.
  • We are immovable in our hope.
  • We are always finding new ways to go above and beyond in loving God and other people (we do this at work, with our families, at church, with our friends, at school, in our personal lives–yes, even on social media).

No Christian that I’ve ever known (myself fully included) has ever perfectly lived this way. However, followers of Jesus who are growing in their faith make this their aim. They understand the upward call in Christ Jesus, and their eyes are fixed on the things that are above. It is the Christian’s heavenly perspective that colors his view of the world.

The Christian’s house is therefore upside down (by the world’s standards). The foundation of our building is above–in heaven. The rest of our house is built upon that foundation–our doctrines, our practices, with the rooms, where we live our lives, down here on earth. But the whole structure is firmly built not upon the shifting sands of culture, but upon the bedrock truth of God’s word, with Christ Himself as the cornerstone.

Sometimes, this “upside down-ness” of the Christian lifestyle puts us at odds with the society at large, whose house is very much built upon the changing values and norms of the reigning zeitgeist of the day. But we don’t hate unbelievers. Far from it! We love them–just as our King loved us while we were rebelling against Him; while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Why do we live this way? Why toil and strive to further God’s kingdom–which is invisible–knowing that it may pit us against the very people we so urgently want to love and see reconciled to God?

We do this because we know that every bead of sweat spent serving King Jesus is never wasted. The Lord sees it all. He empowers us with the Holy Spirit. And He gives meaning and success to us when we labor for Him. God the Father is gathering a people for His Son, from every people group on earth. That includes our own people group. And so we labor and strive. We move forwardimmovable in our trust that God is real, God is good, and God is saving sinners like us.

Whom is God moving you toward today? Whom does He want you to serve? Who needs to hear the Gospel–the same Gospel that saved you? Move forward in God’s will today, and may our Lord make you immovable as you move.

Frame (& Settecase) on Education

John M. Frame, in Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction” (Presbyterian & Reformed: Phillipsburg, 1994), writes:

One of the more unfortunate repercussions of America’s distorted view of “the separation of church and state” is that the public school children are able to hear advocacy of every system of thought except those that are arbitrarily labeled ‘religious.’ Who is to say that the truth might not be found in, or even limited to, one of these religious positions? Is it even remotely fair, in terms of freedom of thought and speech, to restrict public education to allegedly secular viewpoints? Is this not brainwashing of the worst kind?

While it’s not possible to advocate for every worldview extant in the world, it doesn’t really seem fair to exclude worldviews solely because the department heads have decided they fit into the category of “Religion,” does it?

Where does that distinction come from, anyway? Is anyone seriously going to argue that Atheistic Communism does not have all the trappings of religion, or that radical Islam does not meet the definition of “worldview?”

Christian parents need to remain vigilant as to what our kids are learning “out there,” and we must prepare to address Christianity’s conflict (and overlap) with all the worldviews our children may encounter, whether religious or “secular.”

As a Christian, your Lord, Jesus Christ, has all authority in heaven and on earth. Because that is true, you can be confident that the Bible (the fountainhead of the Christian worldview) has answers to all the questions and inconsistencies posed by the other worldviews. Is it arrogant to think that your worldview is the only totally correct worldview? Yes–but only if you invented it yourself. But you didn’t invent it yourself. You got it (and get it) from God. And you can trust Him to tell you the truth.

Here are a few Bible verses about that to chew on:

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…. (2 Cor. 10:3-5)

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (Col. 2:8)

Now go tear down some ideological strongholds for your kids! Unless you trust their public schoolteachers to do it for you.

Parakaleó

Parakaleó.

The word is a verb, in the ancient form of Greek in which the New Testament of the Bible was written. It means, “I invite,” or “I appeal,” or “I encourage.”

In his second letter to the Corinthian Church (listed in your Bible’s table of contents as 2 Corinthians), the Apostle Paul uses it this way:

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20.

This short passage from Scripture is the basis for the title of my blog, “An Urgent Appeal.”

This blog is for people who aren’t Christians. 

The appeal being made in that passage is that non-Christians might be reconciled to God. And the one making the appeal is none other than God himself–as the Apostle writes, “God making his appeal through us.”

That God is appealing, or inviting human beings to be reconciled to Himself tells us something. It tells us there is a divide between God and humanity. If there were no divide, there would be no need for reconciliation. Picture a deep, broad canyon, with all of humanity on one side, and a brilliant, shining throne on the other side, symbolizing God. We are on our side, and God is on His side, and He is calling certain people over to His side. “Be reconciled to Me,” He says, making His appeal.

That God is inviting human beings to be reconciled to Himself also tells us something else: this is a loving and merciful God. The reason for the great divide between humanity and Divinity is summed up in a single word: lawlessness. God is the Creator, and as such He is entitled to make the laws governing the behavior of all his creatures. Those creatures include you and me–and all of humanity. But we humans have not obeyed His law. In fact, we break it every day. Be honest: you have not even lived up to your own standards of right and wrong today. How much less have you perfectly kept the Creator’s moral law?

Therefore what might we expect to hear from such an offended King as God surely is–offended by our lawlessness and our indifference toward his authority? Instead of an appeal to reconciliation, we might expect to hear a pronouncement of doom. Indeed, that is what lawbreakers and rebels like us deserve. And certainly, it is the inevitable destiny for every human being who dies in a continuing state of lawlessness–having never been reconciled to God.

However, the Creator King, God, is in fact so loving that He has made a royal decree to save traitors like you and me, and to transform them into loyal, royal heirs.

For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (HCSB).

God loved, so He gave His Son. Jesus, the Son of God, crossed over to humanity’s side of the canyon, so to speak. And when He got here, we betrayed Him, we denied Him, we turned Him over to evil men, and we had Him crucified. He was buried. But God raised Him up again, and now Jesus is alive! He has gone back to the Father, for now, but He will return (as judge. That will be when all that doom and judgment we mentioned earlier will happen).

In the meantime, He has sent the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity that God is; it is kind of a long story) to dwell inside every person who hears God’s appeal, turns from their lawlessness and trusts in Jesus’ death and resurrection to save them from God’s wrath. Those He saves are given the right to live forever (“eternal life”) as God’s royal children.

So, while life persists, there is still time. There is still time for you to hear God’s appeal and respond to it. There is still time for me to join with my brother Paul and let God make His appeal to you. There is still time for me to “implore you, on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

One day, your time will run out. And that makes this appeal an urgent one. Hence the name of this blog: “An Urgent Appeal.”

Who knows?* Maybe some day this will be the name of my 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry. Or maybe I will get bored with this title, scrap it, and come up with something else. In the meantime, however, it aptly summarizes my purpose for this pastoral blog: to convey (1) the appeal God is making to His the people He has chosen, and (2) the urgency of that appeal.

This blog is for Christians, too.

In fact, because of what I will be writing and sharing, this blog will be primarily for Christians.**

What can my Christian brothers and sisters expect from this little endeavor? Come back here for exposition and explanation of Bible passages, for thoughts on defending and sharing the truths of Christianity, and for other things that I think will build up the Church and invite (parakaleó) more people to come in, through trust in Jesus Christ.

One aspect of this blog I am especially looking forward to is the opportunity to share with you the books and articles I’m reading, the videos I’m watching, the sermons and podcasts I’m listening to, and the discussions I’m having–in the hopes that you can use these resources to build up your own faith and develop a stronger walk with Jesus Christ.

Until next time, Settecase out. 

*God does.

**Though this blog will be primarily for Christians, this is the first post, and so I had to start things off with a clear explanation of the Gospel. If you are ready to know more about being reconciled to God, shoot me an email at jsettecase@gracepointe.us.