About Stained Glass Window

Welcome to my writing space, which I call Stained Glass Window.  I chose the title because stained glass windows are typically associated with Christian churches and religion; they carry an inherent weightiness and command a deep reverence for what goes inside.  The title is a good catch-all for what I want this blog to be: a place where the Word of God is explained and taught, and a place where who I am in Jesus Christ, stained and sinful though I may be, would shine through.

Simply put, this blog exists to proclaim the Word of God.  I unashamedly assert and believe that the Word of God is inerrant, infallible, unbreakable, and unassailable.  It is the Divine Truth (John 17:17), the highest authority in all matters pertaining to theology, anthropology, eternity, and all other related realms of thought, for the Scriptures derive their authority from God Himself (2 Timothy 3:16).  What the Scripture says, God says.  And what God says deserves to be proclaimed.

At present, there are a few different sections of this blog that aim to fulfill this task: Articles, Praise Songs, Quotes, Stories, and Random.  Please see their respective pages for more information on each.

In addition, I’m planning to incorporate the following (at a undecided future date): Book Reviews and a Sermon Archive.

Now then, I should give some warnings and encouragements.

First, you should warned that I write quite starkly and exhort quite vigorously in my posts.  This is intentional.  But, please, I beg you, do not think that I exhort from my own authority or that I mean to be harsh!  No!  May it never be!  Rather, I seek to exhort from the authority of the Word of God, speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).  Strong truth must be said strongly, and soft truth said softly, but I must admit that I have much more practice in speaking sharply than gently.  Please, do not offended at my sharpness; it is done out of love.

Secondly, as you read, keep this in mind: the only reason you should listen to anything I post, whether a quote from a book or an article on the Scriptures,  is if it echoes what the Scriptures say.  Yes, I invite you: test this blog by the Scriptures!  If I correctly interpret and explain what the text of Scripture says, it is Truth, for it is as if God is speaking through a man.  Thus, you must believe it.  But if what I say distorts the Word of God or steps off of the foundation of the Word of God, my words are nothing but human speculation.  Then you must reject it.

But keep in mind, friend, as you test what you read, you ought not to think, “Do I agree with this?”  That would be to invite human opinion to be the judge.  Rather, you ought to think, “Does God agree with this?  What do the Scriptures say?  What does the Word of God teach?”

Thirdly, because I write about things far above my purview, this blog is not a place for my opinions.  My voice does not deserve to be heard nor does my opinion matter in these things; rather the Scriptures must be heard, for they are infinitely more valuable than human experience.

Thus, if you looking for entertaining snippets about my life, you will be often disappointed.  My life, my thought, my opinion is not the encouragement, the teaching, the lesson, nor the rebuke that people need.  No one needs my story, and I am hesitant to give it.  The only caveat to this when my personal experience become the handmaiden that leads others to exalt in the glory of God.  Then, I will venture to share about my own life.  But otherwise, everything must be unto His fame, unto making His name great – and that includes what I write.

Fourthly, I am personally responsible for all of the content produced here, and I even take a limited responsibility for the content produced elsewhere but posted here.  If there are any errors, they are mine, and mine alone, and I take full responsibility for them.  If you find any, please do make me aware so that we can speak of them.

So then, at last, welcome to my blog.  I am a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, a wretched sinner chosen by grace to be a son of God, saved by the gospel of grace alone through faith alone, a work-in-progress working out what it means to be a member of the blessed Bride of Christ.  I pray that what you read here unfolds the power and wonder of the Scriptures, that God’s Word explained through a man would enflame your gospel-loving heart to love, obey, and learn of Him all the more, and that by your life, Jesus Christ would be glorified.

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17).

In Christ,
Keith
Ephesians 2:1-10

 

 

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