Intro and WarningBriefly, for those new here, my name is Sarah. I'm 23, I'll be 24 in May of this year (2013). I'm married to a pretty awesome guy, and we are expecting our first child on our first anniversary--28 April 2013. I am a political consultant and campaign strategist in the beautiful foothills of Colorado, a state to which I am native. I'm very geeky and nerdy (old school Sci-Fi, Tolkein, Stargate, X-Files, etc.), I love to read and write and learn new things, I'm a rocker chick when it comes to music (although I'm a classically trained pianist and have a great affinity for classical music as well), I love to swing and ballroom dance when I can, and theology is my passion.
When it comes to theology, I am a cradle Lutheran. I was baptized when I was two weeks old, and confirmed in the Lutheran church. I am extremely conservative and confessional when it comes to my theology. Succinctly put, I am a Quia-subscribing, UAC-confessing, Evangelical Catholic, thoroughly catechized, confessional, orthodox, Christ-centered, cross-focused, catholic and apostolic, Word and Sacrament, Law and Gospel, traditional and liturgical Lutheran.
For those new to this blog, here is a warning (and reminder to those who aren't new): this blog is rated "L" for Lutheran.
I'm an equal opportunity theological offender, and have no problem taking on any topic or any denomination (including my own). Mostly, I'm in the business of heresy-hunting and attempting to bring folks around to orthodoxy, although I admit that my methods probably don't exactly make those I wouldn't consider to be orthodox want to listen.
Perhaps better put, I'm a terrible Christian--I readily and openly admit that I stink at evangelism, which is kind of what we are commanded to do: go and make disciples of all nations. That's because, in my analytical mind, I can't imagine wanting anyone to join something as broken, heretical and unorthodox as much of American Christendom has become--so I will leave that work to those better equipped and without my process of thinking. What I can do, what I feel I must do, is "evangelize" to those already claiming the name Christian, but who don't seem to understand what it means. More than that, I want to equip those who are orthodox to be able to give an answer for the hope that lies within them to the world--to Christians and non-Christians alike.
I know I have a tendency to be snarky and perhaps too blunt, but please understand this comes from a place of earnest and the willingness to stake my life on my faith--I'm not doing it just to be obnoxious, I promise.
New Year, New PostsWith those formalities out of the way, I wanted to lay out a bit of a plan for this blog over the next year.
- Every Monday, I try to put out a "heresy of the week" post. Some weeks, I do more than one heresy because of how related they are--and some weeks, I don't always get to it on Mondays. This seems to be my most consistent topic for posting, which is good--and I plan to keep that up.
- While I have a huge backlog of posts to make on the subjects, I also do "Bible study notes" and "sermon notes" posts when I can (part of my goal this year is to get caught up and be more regular about those posts).
- One of my other goals this year, besides being more consistent in posting here, is to finally get back into consistent study of Koine Greek. In fact, I've decided that for Lent, in addition to giving something up (haven't decided that that will be yet), I will be attempting to establish two new habits, one of which will be to spend 15-60 minutes a day on Greek. As I'm doing that, it is my hope to be posting on that topic as a means of helping me to be accountable (maybe a "Greek Word of the Week" post?).
- Currently in the queue, I have posts in progress on the Power and Primacy of the Pope (or, why Lutherans believe that the Office of the Pope is an antichrist), the role of the Pope in the Two Kingdoms, and the proper role of women in the church. Hopefully I'll have those all finished and up in the next week or two, but no promises. As always, I'll have more posts on various topics as I get the idea for them and/or as time permits. This aren't going to be quite as consistent as other posts.
Of course... all of this may fall to the wayside after my baby is born, at least for the first few months. But having a plan will hopefully help me keep on track before 28 April (or thereabouts) and once I get over the sleep deprivation and lack of free time that I know comes with the first few months of baby--it may be wildly optimistic of me to think I'll actually have time for this at all after the baby is born, but I'll keep that optimism for now.