About Robby

Hi, I am Robby!

I am a smart, kind, reserved bookworm. You won’t find me clubbing or hanging out with large groups. Sometimes I just need to get away and be myself to recharge my batteries. I like browsing the bookstore, going to movies, Starbucks, and Sundays before church you will find me at Einstein Bagels enjoying coffee and a bagel.

Radical

For me radical means that I am progressive. I am liberal. I want to be part of a revolution of love based on the teachings of Jesus particularly on the Sermon on the Mount. I want to love and serve and call other Christians to do the same. I want to be a radical in the church and call the church back to its subversive witness of the word and alternative to the world. The church and its members should look and act different from the world. The church should exist as a beacon of light for the broken world.

Evangelical

I am not conservative by any stretch of the imagination. I am Evangelical in the classical meaning of the word. I believe in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus is the way to God. Jesus life, teachings, death, and resurrection opened up a way for all to come to God. We are called into personal relationship with the Creator-King of the universe. I read the bible. I take the bible serious and not literal. The bible is authoritative for our faith. The bible and science are not at odds since the bible is not a science textbook. The story of Adam and Eve is not history. It is a myth explaining our origins and how God intended life to be lived.

Protestant

I deny the universal authority of the Pope and affirm the Reformation principles of justification by faith alone, the priesthood of all believers, and the primacy of the Bible as the only source of revealed truth. I currently have a series of reflections on here about the solas (grace alone, faith alone, Jesus alone, scripture alone, and all to the glory of God). The last one I still have to write up. I am a member of a PCUSA church and I am about to take the first step towards ordination. I still have to go to seminary, though. I believe a protestant is one who rejects the power of any church or religious leader to reject or deny a person the love and grace of God and proclaims the primacy and sovereignty of God to work in the life of the individual.

Mystic

God is everywhere and is present in each person. Life is a miracle. To live our lives authentically and openly is an act of holiness. I am a contemplative. I have a strong and rich inner life and seek to deepen it and live more out of this center. I am a child of God and my primary identification is as one loved by God. I will be walking along and be walloped by the goodness of life. Sometimes I will be in the library or somewhere else and a sense of being loved will overcome me or I will walking outside and sense that behind the natural world is an all-pervasive presence of love. For me God is more a presence you experience not a person or a being, at least in the ordinary sense.

My main passion is and always will be books. You will rarely see me without a book in my hand, and frankly, I feel naked without one. Nudity aside, I enjoy many different topics and authors. I am a Jesus guy (Jesus follower, Christian). I am considering going to Seminary after I finish getting my bachelor degree in Business Administration and possibly become a pastor.

When I’m not reading or at the library, I’m out with friends, playing with my dog Josie, enjoying a movie, sipping iced tea, or working out. Due to some life changes in the last year, I’ve been more focused on my health.

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11 Comments

  1. Thank you Robby, i enjoyed your post on The cost of discipleship. I am in the process of reading the book, actually i should say listening to it on audio, as i do so on my way to work. To be honest i find it very challenging but something inside is telling me its very necessary. Thank you again God bless you

  2. I like this site it’s a master piece! Glad I observed this on google.

  3. Hey Robby, you followed by blog on wordpress. My actual blog is here: http://graceemerges.blogspot.com/ Think you might enjoy it!

    • Thank you. I will check it out.

  4. I simply want to tell you that I’m all new to blogging and actually enjoyed you’re web site. Very likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You surely come with very good stories. Thanks a bunch for revealing your webpage.

  5. I really like your writing style, good information, appreciate it for posting : D.

  6. iamlenise

    Thank you for sharing this! I really like the name of your blog (from the story of Jacob, right?)..and now I’m curious about what an emergent Christian is 🙂

  7. To any mystic, it must be obvious that the primary source of revelation is not the Bible, but where the Bible came from. It may be less obvious that other revelations have come to us from that same source. Anyway, should you be inclined to join a joint Bible study with moi and anyone else whom might see suitable, just reply to that effect.
    ——————-

    I’m in the process of transferring an old, inherited Bible study blog to wordpress.

    That’s Reading The Light Through the Pages. It was started by a Quaker but has always been open to a range of comments and contributors.

    As the last active participant from the old site, I’m going to aggressively recruit new people, likewise from a wide range, but with the understanding that

    (As in the Jewish Renewal synagogue Anne & I attended when studying at Pendle Hill) this should be open to a wide range of interpretations, and of arguments

    but biting and gouging (should this get too rowdy) will be Discouraged.

    As the title suggests, accurate criticisms are fine; but the object is to derive whatever we can of value from each passage, and each other.

  8. Hi there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice
    from an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Thank you

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