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Who and Why?

So this is day one of a week-long blogging fundamentals course.

The assignment for the day is to “publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post”.

13043264_10207770904843535_3012518347983564091_nWho am I?

My name is Brendon Ward. According to a website, as at 13 June 2016 – I am 11467 days old.  That works out at about 31 years – though the calculation is from birth, rather than conception (which is a more accurate starting point).

I live, and have lived most of my life, in New Zealand.  I was born in Invercargill.  I now live in Auckland.  For a short time, I lived in Wellington.

I am married to Ashley.  We’ve been married since 2007.

Benjamin was born in 2012.  He is my son.  Ashley is his mum.

“we” had a miscarriage in 2013.  That was hard on us.

I follow Jesus.  To me and for me – Jesus is Savior, Redeemer, and Lord.

I am united to Him by faith in who He is and what He has done.  This faith is something that He has authored and is perfecting (and will perfect).  I am not my own – rather, having been bought at a price, I belong to Him and His express will ought to determine what I will and do.  Admittedly, I often fail to hear or heed His voice and so do my own thing.  This is what the Bible calls sin.  Part of His work as Savior and Redeemer, the work of Jesus on the cross pays for and atones for the sin that I commit in thought, word and deed.

That’s who I am.  I was born in a place in time, and I have lived in places at times.  I am a husband and a father.  I am a Christian.

Why am I here?

I’ll limit my answer to my reason for blogging – so by “here” I mean “on this website, blogging”.  My website exists as an ongoing testimony of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.

Because I am who I am because of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, every day is part of that ongoing testimony.

I have decided that this ongoing testimony would take the form of some poem’s I write, sermons I preach, essays I write, and events that I take the time to write about.  I might also share the occasional book review.

I am not committed to writing a series of successive blogs on a given topic, so the output might seem somewhat random.  I’m okay with that, as long as the blog stays true to my intention.

I also look after a handful of other websites:

Grace Theological College

Making Much of Jesus

What is church?

The Auckwards

pastoral ministry aspirations [1]

I have pastoral ministry aspirations – like vocational ones – the quit your job and do it for life ones.

But what is that about?

I take my cue from Paul, an apostle – while confessing that I am not (nor will I ever be) and apostle in the Ephesians 4:11 sense of the word.

In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul gave them his ministry philosophy:

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

Taking this cue, what do my aspirations involve?

Essentially, proclaiming the testimony of God.  This testimony is to be found, not in the lofty speech of human/plausible wisdom – but in the exclusive reality of Jesus Christ – who He is and what He has done.  That’s what is meant by “the person and work of Jesus Christ” – a phrase that has had (and rightly so) a lot of use; a phrase that I am happy to include in extensively and repetitively as I seek to minister God’s grace to God’s people for God’s glory.  The tools of the trade?  The Word of God – the divine testimony of God, given by God, the primary resource that makes known – from beginning (Genesis) to end (Revelation) – the person and work of Jesus Christ.

How then, am I to go about fulfilling my aspirations?

First, by pursuing a dynamic, conprehensive, and ever increasing knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures.  In them, I may know for myself the testimony of God as seen in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Secondly, by pursuing that discipline amidst whatever community of God’s people I am called to be joined to – both now, as a minister in training – and whatever congregation I end up being called to.