Isn’t “Rational Words” a rather arrogant blog name? Perhaps.

As he stood before King Agrippa and Governor Festus, Paul faced the challenge of defending himself against false charges from the Jews. Before him sat a ruler who could free him or condemn him. What would he say? If you haven’t lately, you should read Acts 26 to get the full story. In short, Paul described his conversion from church persecutor to church promoter; Jesus-hater to Jesus-lover; Christian prosecutor to Christian defender. In this vital moment Paul proclaimed the gospel.

To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.

At this point Festus couldn’t sit silent any longer, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words.”

Therein lies the motivation and inspiration for this blog. I do not claim to be the only rational voice in the world. There are certainly many issues on which I am ignorant and probably think irrationally. My goal, and you’ll have to decide if I achieve it, is to at least be rational when it comes to Christianity as defined by a consistent interpretation of the Bible.

The starting point for my thinking is that the Bible is inspired by God, infallible, inerrant, and is therefore true in everything it affirms. As such it is authoritative and sufficient. It is to be interpreted normally, considering literary genre, historical context, and the grammar of the original language. For some, that may be where my irrationality begins. If that’s the case, at least I’m up front about my presupposition.

I hope to foster civil discussions; but make no mistake, this blog is my domain (literally and figuratively). I am a benevolent dictator and reserve the right to delete comments or discussions at will. My blog is not a public forum for anyone to express their right to free speech.

Lastly, I hope that what I write is helpful, encouraging, thought-provoking, and ultimately stimulates you toward a greater love for Jesus Christ.