“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” ~ Matthew 24:35.

In the course of my personal studies, I have found every nugget unearthed but a fragment of a greater vein untapped; Behind every answer a question mark. In the pursuit of understanding biblical truth, the road traveled is both broad and narrow, often without guardrails. When broad, there is a tendency towards a dogmatism neglectful of further inquiry – scripture has said enough, we say, but has it? Did I miss a question mark? I must approach with a cautious yet open mind not jumping to conclusions because a majority says so.

When the road is narrow, the task is often staying within the boundaries of reason without dismissing a challenging possibility even though skirting along the edge of probability. All available evidence from all fields of study applicable to the pursuit must be weighed and processed without bias.

There are no shortcuts. The serious-minded student of scripture will understand the road less traveled is the right road to take. Sometimes daunting? Yes. But always rewarding. The objective for me is to be on the cutting edge without being on the bleeding edge. To discover and expound truth in accurate and relevant voice. To this quest, prayer and collaboration are essential ingredients. Seeking the leadership of the Holy Spirit and the counsel of peers are not options but required components, invaluable assets making the journey far less burdensome and well worth taking.

The last page of my journey to share the blessed hope of the gospel I seek to understand more fully and communicate more effectively will remain unwritten as in death; I hope to pass the torch, the baton of life to another runner who will “run with endurance the race that is set before us,

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” ~ Matthew 24:35.

In the course of my personal studies, I have found every nugget unearthed but a fragment of a greater vein untapped; Behind every answer a question mark. In the pursuit of understanding biblical truth, the road traveled is both broad and narrow, often without guardrails. When broad, there is a tendency towards a dogmatism neglectful of further inquiry – scripture has said enough, we say, but has it? Did I miss a question mark? I must approach with a cautious yet open mind not jumping to conclusions because a majority says so.

When the road is narrow, the task is often staying within the boundaries of reason without dismissing a challenging possibility even though skirting along the edge of probability. All available evidence from all fields of study applicable to the pursuit must be weighed and processed without bias.

There are no shortcuts. The serious-minded student of scripture will understand the road less traveled is the right road to take. Sometimes daunting? Yes. But always rewarding. The objective for me is to be on the cutting edge without being on the bleeding edge. To discover and expound truth in accurate and relevant voice. To this quest, prayer and collaboration are essential ingredients. Seeking the leadership of the Holy Spirit and the counsel of peers are not options but required components, invaluable assets making the journey far less burdensome and well worth taking.

The last page of my journey to share the blessed hope of the gospel I seek to understand more fully and communicate more clearly will remain unwritten.  I hope in death to pass the torch of life to another runner who will “run with endurance the race that is set before us, [always] looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. . .”.