Let’s Get this Show on the Road

It’s true – once you stop, it’s hard to start again. Blogging is supposed to be fun, and I believe it is, but it can be labor-some as well. It’s hard to imagine I’d feel that way knowing that this little blog isn’t that popular, but I guess once you’re on the web you heap to yourself an obligation to keep it up. Though it’s a personal blog, I’ve had the promise of an after-new-years-relaunch looming over my head since December. So I think it’s about time I update a bit.

First, thank you to those who read. I started this thing in November of 2007 (“No More Decaf Theology!”), then TJ joined me in May 2008 and it became Return to Biblicism. Since it started, we’ve had about 140 posts, 330 comments, and 23,000 total views. I realize that’s nothing. But it’s something. So thank you.

As you can tell, the blog is solely mine again. (I might add more contributers in the future. Tony from Free From the Box and I have become good friends, and I considered a merge. But neither “Return to the Box” nor “Free from Biblicism” sound too good.) I’ve dropped my anonymity since I really have nothing to hide. Of course, I didn’t have anything to hide when I went under the name DT (couldn’t I be more clever?), but since we were saying some things that we know ruffled the feathers of fundamentalists, and both still involved in the IFB movement, it was probably better for us to go a bit incognito. Whether that was right or not, I really don’t know. But I have personally left the IFB world, never to return, and have no problem letting the world (those 5 people who read this blog) know who I am. It should also keep me from saying stupid things. I’m sure I will anyway, and it will be held against me. But I could always legally change my name.

My perspectives on some things have changed a bit over the last few months. Well, they’ve been fine tuned I guess. More on that later. Just realize that some of the things I’ve written in 2007 and early 2008 may not be how I feel now. Not much difference really – back then I was hesitant about Calvinism, still TR/KJV preferred, and defended the wearing of suits to church. Now I can confidently say I am a Calvinist, prefer the Critical Text over the TR, and, praise the Lord, haven’t worn a suit to church in two months! (Just for the record – I really don’t care what you do.) And I think the main difference between then and now is this: I no longer feel the need to rescue fundamentalism from its errors. I couldn’t do it if I tried.

So I am in the process of updating some links, the About and Gospel sections, and other stuff. I should have the first real blog post on Monday. (random thought: I find it weird that the WordPress spell check underlines the word “blog.”) Until then, here’s a quick topic on which I hope to get some feedback.

Most of us saw Rick Warren’s prayer at the Inauguration. I know we all had mixed feelings. I personally am not a big fan of Warren. I find his theology to be watered down, and the acceptance of him by the media (donning him “America’s Pastor) is a telltale sign of his compromise. He’s been under some fire, though, lately because of his stand on gay marriage as well as whether or not he’d pray in Jesus’ name at the Inauguration. He did, thankfully. But it came not without its critics.

Now I love Todd Friel, Way of the Master Radio, and the show Wretched. But I can’t help but think he went a little too far picking apart Warren’s prayer. What do you think?

The prayer: 

The criticism

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4 comments so far

  1. Philip D on

    I am SO excited to read your testimony… I see God healing you the way He is with me and my family. I, too, dropped the anonymity when leaving my old church, and if anyone finds my blog now, I’ve taken out most of the inflammatory things, because, I too, feel differently after being “out of the box”. I hope our struggles can be used to help people out of the same situations.

  2. Damien T Garofalo on

    hey man, I really appreciate your comments. I just want to make it clear that I don’t feel that I left a cult or am need of “healing” in a way that makes all IFBs look bad. I am extremely grateful for what God taught me through my years in IFB churches and Bible college. There are some wonderful Christians serving the Lord there! I still pray for my friends and churches involved with that movement. Though I wouldn’t join an IFB church or enroll in one of their schools, I have no problem fellowshipping with them or visiting from time to time. I am not bitter against anyone, and every lack of spirituality in my life can only be attributed to myself. Really, the differences lie mainly in doctrine and philosophy. Sure, it affects a lot of other things, but I’m glad to call them my brothers. I’ll provide more in my next post.

  3. fundyreformed on

    I’m excited as well. Moving on is helpful. But dealing with issues that are fresh from your past is healthy too. We don’t have to write off everyone, it’s just what you’ve decided about your own self and your family. I was a bit incendiary when I first started blogging too. I learned I was shooting the people I was interested in helping. My blog is less about helping IFB folk nowadays, and more about where I’m at and what I’m concerned with. But I do hope some who have questions may be helped by some of my content.

    I encourage you to keep blogging and keep writing. Try not to be swept away on any band-wagon but Christ’s. Grow in your understanding of Scripture, and share what you’ve learned. That will encourage your readers, I’m sure. I know I for one will enjoy your posts.

    Blessings, brother.

    Bob Hayton

  4. fundyreformed on

    And about the prayer, I was surprised by some of what I heard about the criticism. I was thrilled by Warren’s prayer. He showed how to be culturally sensitive and aware of the occasion, yet also how to be true to Christ and the exclusivity of the Gospel. He prayed winsomely, I thought. Especially in light of the pre-prayer criticism from the left.


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