Introduction to This Blog (RB)

To subscribers: For some reason, the regular reblog feature would not work on the article today, though it worked earlier when I did not mean for it to. Perhaps that is the reason–it was already reblogged. In any case, I am setting this one up as a manual reblog and you can read the rest of the text by clicking the link below. My apologies.

Introduction to This Blog

Updated 1-21-2019

Hello, I am Tim Chastain the author of this blog—Jesus without Baggage.

In this first entry (January 2013) I want to let you know what this blog is about, why I wish to share it, and whom I think might be interested.

When I was seven years old, I ‘got saved’ in a fundamentalist church. That event set me on a journey that is still unfinished, and I am now 67 years old. During that time, I have never rebelled against God or the church. However, for reasons I still do not understand, my journey involved a characteristic I do not always find among fundamentalists or evangelicals. I had a strong need to follow the truth.

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2 Responses to Introduction to This Blog (RB)

  1. newtonfinn says:

    What a great idea, Tim, to take us all back to the very beginning of JWOB: the steps that led up to your launch of this blog, your current understanding of the essentials of Christian faith, and the potentially receptive audiences to which you would be reaching out. Unlike so many “mission statements,” your description of the origin and intent of JWOB steers clear of hype and goes directly to the heart of what you wanted to do and have done so well for six years running. All of the issues you raise in your original post are as important and timely as ever, but the very title of your blog remains particularly evocative for me. What does Jesus look like–who is he–when the doctrinal baggage is stripped away?

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    • jesuswithoutbaggage says:

      Thanks, Newton. When I re-read this article a couple weeks ago I was a bit surprised to see how consistent is was with the blog since then. I would not have expected my first article to be great–and I really don’t think that it is–but it is more solid than I thought it would be so I decided to share it anyway. I think some of the other article from that first month are more interesting.

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