“When you think of it, really there are four fundamental questions of life. You’ve asked them, I’ve asked them, every thinking person asks them. They boil down to this; origin, meaning, morality and destiny. ‘How did I come into being? What brings life meaning? How do I know right from wrong? Where am I headed after I die?'”
Look, I get it. I truly do. I could practically see you rolling your eyes so hard they rocketed through the ceiling as you sympathetically clicked on the link to this thing. Like, “Burns, there’s enough of these things infesting the internet as is. Could you, ya know, maybe, just not?”
Allow me, if you would, a chance to explain myself. Here’s the gist of this thing, brought to you by the Five Ws you learned in 2nd grade:
My name is Chase Burns. Currently I practice financial planning as my profession while attending Texas A&M University. Growing up in Houston, I became a Christian at the age of 8, but that concept didn’t become quite as meaningful until I was introduced to the study of apologetics at age 16. See, “apologetics” comes from the Greek word apologia, which means “to make a defense or justification for a conviction or belief”, something that the Bible calls all of us to do. Thus, acquiring more wisdom on this subject is a hobby of mine, along with typical dude things like basketball, video games, and good beer. Besides myself, I have many wise friends who also have their own musings relating to the defense of God and the Bible, so they’ll pop up on here periodically.
In a literal sense, this is a…sigh…blog (the word itself produces a bitter taste in my mouth) containing various pieces of wisdom and thoughts I come across on a variety of subjects. Writing has always been something I enjoy as it helps sort out the jumbled web of thoughts I have, so whenever God puts something on my mind, I’ll try to share it. Here’s a list of what you WON’T see on this thing:
- artsy pictures involving coffee and/or outdoorsy escapades. I abhor coffee and would prefer the indoors (this is Texas after all). Craft beer is free game, though.
- references to modern Christian/disguised Christian bands. I’m sure I’ll touch on this in other posts but….yeah not a fan.
- deceptive/unnecessarily hyperbolic post titles as a desperate attempt to get you to click on the link to this blog. They’ll be attention-grabbing, sure, but not ridiculous. Those are maddening. Here’s an example.
- faux-inspirational quotes. Yes, even well-meaning Christian authors can be guilty of this. Here’s a list of such quotes, conveniently all from the same book (this book…oh boy…).
- other forms of general Christian trendiness. By no means am I advocating against it; if flannels, jean jackets, coffee in cool mugs, Chacos, this haircut (guard your heart ladies, I call it “The Fos” cut), Ben Rector, and pictures of Bibles with writing all over them genuinely are your thing, by no means are those things implicitly wrong. But then again, Jesus was a counter-culturalist, and he did alright… but then He kind of didn’t…but then He totally redeemed Himself.
I don’t have any sort of a grand, long-term plan or anything for this. I’ll keep up with it best I can, but it will really just exist when I want it to.
The Internet. No need to get unnecessarily metaphysical on this one.
Ah one of my favorite questions in the world. It fuels everything. For this specific case, I made this blog as a means for challenging, enlightening, discussing, and reflecting, for both myself and hopefully the reader. This blog is for both the theist and the non-theist. I love the counter-cultural mindset of open-mindedness, so for the sake of clarity for all audiences, I’ll be trying my hardest to avoid “Christianese” language (“washed clean by the blood of Christ”? That sounds kinda morbid. I’ll keep my clean clothes and you keep your religion). Discussion (My ideal theological discussion setting is pictured at the top. Old school monks/saints were pretty cool.) is not only welcomed, but encouraged. Just because I feel I have enough evidence to conclusively choose my own worldview doesn’t mean everyone else has to.