Welcome to my blog. If you’ve read my writing before, you may be familiar with its old home. I decided that I wanted a blog with which I could do more and potentially reach more people. The posts will be the same caliber of Biblical exposition and honest reflection, because why change a good thing, even if it limits readership?
But maybe you’re not familiar with my writing. Here’s what you need to know: My name is Joshua Wingerd, and I am 30 years old. I became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ when I was 18 while at a summer camp. I love writing, and I am currently working on sermons, technical essays, bible study blog posts, and several novels. I graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO in December of 2015 with a BA in Biblical Studies, and I moved back to Southern California in May of 2017. I am currently pursuing an MTS with a Biblical Studies concentration at Gateway Seminary in Los Angeles, CA. My wife and I married on November 5, 2020, our son was born November 14, 2021, and we are presently praying about the possibility of full-time ministry. Your prayers are appreciated as well.
But with all that said, here’s the goal of this blog, from the words of two passages of Scripture (unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations on this site are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission):
1 John 4:15-17 (emphasis added)
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world.
Mark 12:29-31 (emphasis added)
“This is the most important,” Jesus answered: “Listen, Israel! The Lordour God, the Lordis One. Lovethe Lord your Godwith all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,and with all your strength. The second is: Love your neighboras yourself. There is no other command greater than these.”
On my original blog, I spent three posts dissecting the meaning of these passages, primarily 1 John 4:15-17, from which “live in Love; find your true reward (liLfytr)” comes. The three parts can be accessed here: part 1, part 2, part 3.
In summary, as believers we are called to be the most loving people in existence. Love is more than a thing we say when we are happy, but rather a way of life, even when we are not happy. God is Love. Jesus is Love. Jesus was not happy when He was on the cross, dying the death we all deserved so we could live with Him forever, but that was most definitely the greatest demonstration of love that the world will ever see. In the same way, those who follow Him are called to be like Him in this world: loving. We must give of ourselves even when it hurts. This is what it means to live in Love. And, as 1 John 4:17 shows, this living will lead to confidence in the day of judgment–the truest reward.
So that’s the goal of this blog. How can we better understand God’s love, and how can we better put love into practice, both toward God and fellow humans?
I would be honored if you’d join me in this journey.
Soli Deo Gloria
Thanks for reading.
- Is “Excommunication” Biblical?A look at the occurrences of the word “excommunication” in the Bible, and what it means for this practice.
- “Love is as Strong as Death”Today I discuss the magical underpinnings of my fantasy world.
- The Wrath of God Revealed, part 2John continues his letter by describing the next three steps of God’s wrath at the end of the world. . . . Revelation 16:8-16.
- Why I am a Southern BaptistWhile I could still change my mind in the coming years, this is why I am more than content identifying with Southern Baptists.
- Writing is the Best MedicineWriting can be therapeutic.
- The Wrath of God Revealed, part 1John continues his letter by describing the first three steps of God’s wrath at the end of the world. . . . Revelation 16:2-7.
- The Sacraments, Unity, and Jesus’ WillWhy is a proper understanding of baptism and the Lord’s Supper critical? . . . John 17:21-23.
- Persevering in WritingI’m going to try to commit to writing at least a paragraph of fiction a day.
- “Vengeance is Mine,” God RemindsJohn continues his letter by introducing the outpouring of God’s wrath on the world. . . . Revelation 16:1.
- Unity in Christ’s Broken BodyWith a million understandings of the Lord’s Supper available, Christians fail to display the unity for which Christ prayed. . . . 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
- A Tip for Crafting Compelling CharactersThere’s no one you know better than yourself. Use this knowledge to create compelling characters!
- The Justice of God’s WrathJohn continues his letter by describing why God is just to punish sin. . . . Revelation 15:1-8.