I’m deeply thankful to have been invited to write for this site. I thought I’d begin by introducing myself in light of the site’s name and nature.
Writing for a blog entitled “Gentle Reformation” is a bit of an historical irony for me. During my first decade or so of life in Christ, the terms “gentle” and “reformed” did not really apply.
When I first learned of Calvinism in college, I immediately and vehemently opposed it. I thought it taught a puppet master God, a fatalistic view of history and an unnecessarily dark view of humanity. I hated what Calvin taught. True, I had never read Calvin, but that did not deter my zeal!
I read just enough of the Reformer to feel justified in my preformed conclusions. Brimming with what I deemed righteous indignation, I felt I had found my purpose, the great contribution I’d make to Christ’s church. I announced to one of my college roommates that my life’s mission was to debunk Reformed Theology.