Shawn MacKay

I am a Christian.

I’m just some guy who wants to know what Jesus thinks, feel how Jesus feels, and do what Jesus does.

Christianity teaches that Truth and Love are not abstract concepts or ideals, but a Person who can be known.1

For me, this is not an intellectual exercise. It is a work of love, for the One I love, for the ones Ey loves.

 

Notes About This Blog

1. I believe in the authority of Scripture to tell us about who God is and Eir relationship with us. The Bible is not an encyclopedia, meaning it does not tell us everything we need to know about everything. The Bible is not a science textbook, meaning its purpose is to tell a divine love story, not explain the mechanics of nature. The Bible is not inerrant, meaning the manuscripts contain minor errors like spelling mistakes and sloppy math, none of which affect the themes or meaning of the text. The Bible is reliable, when used for its intended purpose.

2. My utmost concern reading the Scriptures is context. The Bible was written over a span of 1,500 years by over 40 different authors in a handful of different genres regarding a variety of specific historical and cultural situations. All of these factors play a role in understanding who was saying what to whom and why.

3. Bible quotes are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), unless otherwise noted.

4. I use gender neutral pronouns in reference to God (Ey/Em/Eir), because God in Emself encompasses the whole gender spectrum.2 These may change over time as our culture develops a linguistic standard. I don’t agree with the traditional, patriarchal view that women are included in male-specific language. I make exceptions when referencing male-specific revelations of God, namely God the Father, and Jesus, who was a cisgender male.

5. I capitalize God’s pronouns, because I like the traditional view that doing so shows respect for Eir supremacy.

6. I welcome questions and comments. I review all comments before they appear on the blog. This happens at my earliest convenience. I reserve the right not to post your comment, for any reason, without explanation.

Notice: If you comment to the blog, it means you give me permission to reproduce part or all of your content, attributing it to you either by your user name, the name you provide, or anonymously.

7. You may contact me privately at twentycentsfromjesus@gmail.com. I can’t promise I’ll respond to everything, due to limits on my time and energy, but I hope I can benefit you in some way.

 

Footnotes
1. John 14:6; 1 John 4:8.
2. Deuteronomy 32:18; Psalm 123:2; Isaiah 42:14; 46:3,4; 49:15; Hosea 13:8; Luke 15:8-10.