You should know something about the theology of folks whose work you’re reading.
My name is Brian Grawburg. I’ve lived in Wilson, North Carolina since January 1979, although I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I affirm Reformational theology which means I subscribe to the Westminster Standards, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Belgic Confession. I am amillennial in my eschatology although I have not always been so. It was while researching in preparation to teach a Sunday School class on the topic that I made the shift from Dispensational Premillennialism, first to Historic Premillennialism (as presented by George Eldon Ladd, for example), then to a slightly modifed version of amillennialism. Over the past few years I’ve made the transition to “standard” amillennialism. It was also during this time (early 1990’s), while reading Reformed writers, that I came to a full acceptance of Reformed/Calvinistic theology. (I was at least a 2-point Calvinist all along, but didn’t fully understand the doctrines of grace.)
I regularly read Modern Reformation, and used to read Australian Presbyterian when it was published several times each year. I am Presbyterian (attend a PCA church) as regards polity and Reformed regarding the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper). I am not egalitarian but find myself somewhat uncomfortable with the label complementarian due to it’s misuse by those within the patriarchy movement.
Some of the folks I read include: Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen, D. A. Carson, & David VanDrunen.
As regards the charismatic gifts I am agnostic. Having attended a charismatic non-denominational church years ago and witnessing first-hand the misuse of the gifts, I tend to be somewhat skeptical but cannot call myself a cessationist. (I don’t really know what do with my own experience with tongues, for example.)
I am strongly opposed to the often heretical teachings from the Word-of-Faith movement. Watching Mike Murdock, Benny Hinn, or Kenneth Copeland is sure to elevate my blood pressure. Likewise, Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer really annoy me.
At one time I taught classes in various churches on pseudo-Christian groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. Though not actively involved with this any longer I have a special affinity for JWs and try to keep updated on what’s happening with the Watchtower Society. (No, I have never been a Witness.)
I believe in the Old Earth model of Genesis as opposed to the Young Earth model. That is, I believe the earth to be millions of years old not <10,000.
I am married, have two grown children, seven grandchildren, two dogs, and four cats (all of the four-legged children are rescues.)
Now finally, I’m really inexperienced when it comes to setting this blog up, so please excuse some of my mistakes. If it’s difficult to navigate or seems to be hastely thrown together, I do apologize. Although I pretty computer savy (I use Linux most of the time, for example), some of the finer points of making this blog work well seem to be eluding me.