Why are you writing a blog?

Great question! One I’ve asked myself many, many times over the past few months…

My name is Jordan. I live in a small town in the south of Scotland, just outside of Edinburgh. I am a Christian.

I became a follower of Jesus in 2012, after having no religious upbringing at all. Years later I found myself serving as one of the Pastors at City on a Hill, Edinburgh. I’m currently on a temporary break from that role, so I am taking this time to do something I’ve always wanted to do: write.

I was raised in a small town in the South of Scotland. (If anyone wants to know what that was like, go and listen to Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges’ first two live shows. No one else sums it up as accurately as he does.)

My worldview was shaped in that wee town, and by the time I was 21 I thought I had things mostly figured out.

Then I met Jesus Christ. I fell in love with him and his word, and he began to shape and change me. 9 years later, my worldview has changed, but without the theological or cultural baggage that many people who grew up in church have.

I don’t hold particularly strongly to any evangelical/cultural worldview. I don’t understand or care for church tribalism. I’ve no denominational loyalty. I’m still a member of the church I was saved at, so I’ve only really known this one beautiful, messy church family that I’m a part of today. I love the local church; it has changed my life.

I am a man who finds himself politically and culturally homeless. My views are usually too conservative for my liberal pals, and too liberal for conservatives. I’m too left leaning for righties, and too right leaning for lefties. I’m too unapologetically charismatic to be reformed, but almost reformed enough (little r, not big R) to make some of my fellow charismatics a little uncomfortable.

So rather than giving myself an anyeurism by holding in all of my conflicting opinions and thoughts, I thought I’d give myself an outlet through this blog.

I’ll post about stuff that’s going on in the world – stuff relevant to my life, at least, and stuff that I know enough about to talk about (fellow bloggers – take note).

As a lover of the Bible, I’ll also post regular devotionals and reflections on certain passages as they come up in my life.

I’m also a musician and worship leader, so I’ll occasionally post about music of all sorts.

When I write, I write with the ordinary folk at my church in mind. For those who haven’t been theologically trained, for regular folk who follow Jesus, and perhaps even for folk who don’t know him. This blog isn’t particularly academic, nor does it try to be. Most posts are in the form of easy to read articles, with a smattering of millennial pop-culture references you will either get or shake your head at.

I’m educated, but I don’t have a PhD. I’m definitely not a leadership guru. I don’t want to be an influencer. I don’t care about people knowing my name. I’m the most unlikely person I can think of to be in the position I’m in. I’m often wrong (as you’ll see), and I’m always open to having my viewpoints challenged and changed.

At the end of the day, I’m just a sinful man who was loved, purchased, saved and made holy through no doing of my own. I’m surprisingly sacred.

If you enjoy my rambling, feel free to comment. If you don’t, thanks for the page view.

Looking forward to disagreeing with you soon!

-J

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