[ I originally wrote this when I started my blog in December 2010. Updates follow.]
In the words of Christian author Philip Yancey, I am a reluctant Christian, buffeted by doubts, and in recovery from disappointing church experiences. I don’t mean for that to sound cynical or pessimistic (only honest), because I DO BELIEVE and I LOVE JESUS more than I ever have! I have been set free in my Christian walk the last few years…set free by a proper understanding of the relationship between faith and doubt, set free by grace, and set free from legalism. (But I’m still a work in progress!)
“Though you have not seen Him (Jesus), you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy…” I Peter 1:8.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
“From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:16-17
- A little more about me…I’m Laura. Married to Bob since 1992. A follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. A saint and sinner. Avid reader. Lifelong learner. Currently a seminary student. Formerly a nurse. Companion to beloved cats, rabbit, and a Newfoundland dog. World wide traveler. Host of international students since 1997.
As of May 2013, I am a seminary graduate!
I’ve also written a book (Jan. 2016), and have a teaching/preaching ministry.
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On February 15, 2019 my beloved newfoundland dog Lizzie left this world – and in March a special cat Gandalf died, and my rabbit died in July! 2019 has been a bad year for animals in our household.
FYI… My seminary degree is a MABS from Dallas Theological Seminary. They update degrees from time to time, so you won’t find it on the website at present. However, my degree required 62 credit hours, half in the classroom and half online. I had a series of classes in Bible exposition (that covered all 66 books of the Bible), a series of systematic theology classes (separate classes covering all the branches of ST), and other random classes in things like church history, teaching, Christian education, world religions, evangelism.