Tuesday, May 09, 2006

INTRODUCTORY POST

I am a newcomer to computers, the internet and blogging. You will also quickly detect that I am new to writing. Apart from sermon prep, I haven't done much of it. I started this blog in part to force myself to articulate my thoughts and theology by writing them out. So this is going to require a new discipline for me . I am greatly influenced by superior bloggers such as:Phil Johnson, Frank Turk, James Spurgeon,Tom Ascol and many others of this stripe. My two favorite blogs, of course, are PASTOR STEVE WEAVER'S BLOG and DOXOBLOGY. These two young men are the smartest, most articulate, fervent, anoited, cutting edge, doctrinally sound to be found anywhere on the internet.(Is my prejudice showing?) I confess that I am not in the same league with these men that I have named either educationally or spiritually. However I do occasionally have something to say and I intend to try to say it coherently on this blog. Have mercy on me and try not to judge me too harshly if I fail in this attempt. I feel a little uncomfortable saying "I" so much, but in this introductory post I think I need to kinda 'splain myself and where I'm coming from. Theologically I'm a Calvinist. I pastor a small independent baptist church in Titusville Fl. where I preach verse-by-verse through books of the bible. I am not into the KJVonly debate, however I do only preach from the KJV. I can readily identify with guys like James Spurgeon and RegularJoe in that I also am a recovering IFBer. I guess I never really fit in with them, though, and was often viewed with a certain amount of suspicion. Although I tried to be accepted, I just didn't seem to fit in. For one thing I never beieved in nor did I practice Hyles style easy-believism. I was always a little too close to Calvinism, although I hadn't come to a full understanding of the doctrines of grace. I always have believed that the church's primary purpose is not "soul winning" but to worship and glorify God. Please don't mis-understand this last statement. I believe in the great commission.My family and I spent a total of 5 years on the mission field in Old Mexico. I just believe that evangelism must be done in a scriptural way and that it is to be done for the glory of God. The focus is on God and not the "soul". By the way, can you tell that I don't know how to make this thing do paragraphs? Now, you might ask "why is this blog named AMAZING GRACE AND OLD CHEVYS ?" The answer is simple. I love the doctrines of grace and am still, after 28 years, amazed that God would extend His saving grace to me. I also love old Chevys. I like to drive 'em, I like to see 'em, I like to buy 'em, I like to sell 'em. I like 'em. What more can I say? If John Calvin were alive today he would say "Old Chevys are the bomb".

16 comments:

Jeremy Weaver said...

To make a paragraph, just press 'enter' on your keyboard.

Great Post! Just remember that I am the very first to comment! That means you should like me better than Steve.

D.J. Cimino said...

Looking forward to reading your blog Bro Weaver! I am indebting to the Lord for directing me to the ministry of Steve & Jeremy @ WBBC. I was at a point were I was looking into Calvinism and the first church I inquired into was WBBC. I had no idea that Steve was the pastor. How is that for the providence of God!?! 15 years ago who would have guessed this would have happened?

Garry Weaver said...

Jeremy,
Thanks for being the 1st to comment. Steve who?

D.J.,
Thanks for reading & commenting.The providence of God is truely amazing. His hand is guiding and working wonderful things in our lives to bring about His glorious purposes in our lives.

ThirstyDavid said...

So, you're to blame for those two characters! It takes a big man to make a confession like that.

By the way, Calvin might have been a Chevy man, But Paul drove a Mustang. I just thought you should know.

Garry Weaver said...

ThirstyDavid,
Thanks for reading my 1st feeble attempt at blogging. Sorry to have to correct you on the two points of your comment. Don't blame me for those "characters".I thought I had 'em staitened out when I turned them loose on society. Dunno what happened. Your second point-UNTHINKABLE! INCONSISTENT WITH GOOD THEOLOGY! WRONG! UH-UH! NOPE!

Joe said...

Congratulations on being Jeremy's dad.

He is one of the bloggers that I would love to meet in person, his last post notwithstanding.

I look forward to reading your thoughts.

Steve Weaver said...

I'm sorry it took me so long to comment! Great post!

ThirstyDavid said...

Pastor Weaver,
With all due respect to your patriarchery pastorhood, I think you should read this.

Earnestly contending for the essentials,

David

Garry Weaver said...

Thirstydavid,
Thanks for the link to Daniel's post. I like to see upside down heads. If you will look closely at my picture, you will notice that it is upside down also(the hair is on the bottom of the head). But how does that prove that Paul drove a (shudder)Mustang?

Garry Weaver said...

Joe,
Thanks for reading my poor old blog.And thanks for the kind words about Jeremy. I'm very thankful for him,his last post notwithstanding.Oh, and Steve, I think you're doing good too.

ThirstyDavid said...

O, never mind! I can see where "they" got "it" from!

BugBlaster said...

Welcome to this world. Family reunions sound interesting at your house.

stauf46 said...

Welcome to the blog world, Garry. I'm sorry I didn't meet you and your sons at T4G. I was a little bewildered at times in the crowds. Nice to meet you online!

Love the name of your post. The Apostle Paul never would have driven a Mustang, he was an educated man!

I'm curious as to what Chevys you've had and currently own. My dream car for years has been a 66 Chevelle SS 396 (solid-lifter, 375 horse, of course). With prices what they are, it'll be a dream for a long time (like, the rest of my days). Time to look forward to treasure in Heaven!

Terry

Garry Weaver said...

Terry,
Thanks for visiting my blog.And thanks for your support in the fight against the heretical idea that any of the apostles would have driven a Ford.
I agree with you about the '66Chevelle. I would have to say that is my favorite muscle car. I've owned a few of them over the years as well as almost any other old Chevy you could think of. The oldest one was a '35. Currently I have a '69 pickup,SB stepside,lowered,radical 350. Also a '49 pickup work-in-progress with a 350 eng.,turbo350 trans.,and Camaro rear end.

Tom said...

Garry:

Welcome to the blogosphere. It can be kinda scary for us old guys, but I look forward to reading some of your thoughts.
It sounds like you have a wonderful family!

Tom said...

Garry:

Welcome to the blogosphere. It can be kinda scary for us old guys, but I look forward to reading some of your thoughts.
It sounds like you have a wonderful family!