God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. (1 Corinthians 12:24–25)
Christian women and men around the world pray for, support, correct, and encourage other Christians. Using the spiritual gifts they've received from God, they function in varying roles to care for the church. This care often flows naturally from one believer to another, but there are times when it requires extra effort, particularly when given to brothers or sisters from backgrounds, or with personalities, different than our own.
We believe most Christians faithfully use their gifts to encourage those around them. We do not believe the average Christian in the pew is benefitting from the gifts of Christians in the academy. Theology in the Middle is our effort to change that.
We commit to doing "theology in the middle": bringing the insights of the church's scholars to the Christian in the pew and examining the questions and realities of the Christian life in the light of Evangelical scholarship. We will give "greater honor" to what is normally considered ordinary, while also synthesizing and simplifying important theological discussions and debates. We will bring you posts that equip you to share and defend your faith, that help you develop an all-encompassing biblical worldview, and that, above all, employ our God-given gifts to serve you as you grow in your love for the Lord.
Underneath this project is our conviction that the church will be stronger when the concerns of ordinary Christians influence the theological project of the church's scholars, and when the insights of specialists and academics are applied to the Christian life. When this happens the church will be functioning as the mutually edifying, God-glorifying body it was meant to be.
I serve as senior pastor at Central Baptist Church in Luling, TX. I am a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2015) and the University of South Alabama (B.S., Management, 2011). I've got a beautiful wife and two wonderful kids.
Pastor at People of Mars Hill Church, PhD (World Religions) student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and adjunct instructor at the University of Mobile. Host of So What? Podcast. Theologaster at Theology in the Middle. Husband to a beautiful wife. I like studying religion and apologetics.