An Odd Credo

I believe that God is God, and that we are not.

I believe that Jesus is our Savior, and that we are not.

I believe that the Holy Spirit is our wisdom, and that we are not.

I believe that Jesus died under the wrath of God for our sin, and that He was raised from the dead because God was so pleased with Him. Because of that death and resurrection, God was just as angry with us and just as pleased with us as He was and is with Jesus.

I believe the heavens declare the glory of God, as do the buttercups.

I believe that the Bible is offered to Christians as the smoothest bourbon ever distilled, and that we are supposed to drink it straight.

I believe in the law of identity, the law of non-contradiction, and the law of the excluded middle, world without end, amen.

I believe that God is directing all of human history to a glorious culmination, and that He is doing so through a recurring pattern of high action death and resurrection adventure stories.

I believe that the material creation is saturated with His kindness, and that we are called to squeeze everything we can out of it.

I believe that the only way to squeeze out that kindness effectively is by taking hold of the impulse to be cool and crucifying it daily.

I believe that we are charged to conserve everything that the Spirit has done in history, and that we are to progress toward everything He intends to do.

I believe the foundation of our lives should be the cornerstone of worship on the Lord’s Day, as we gather in response to His call, in order to confess, sing, pray, hear, eat, and drink. We then receive the blessing and go.

I believe that the kingdom of God is like an endless river, like a sawtooth mountain range, like whole milk, like a cultivated plain, like a marble city with gardens, like a marbled steak on the grill, like aged cheese, like smart phones, like a high mountain meadow, like the laughter of family at the table, like the way of a man with a maid, like a moonlit ocean, and like a warrior crying high defiance. The kingdom of God is like everything.

I believe.

Theology That Bites Back



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  • Jeff Miller

    I like this. It IS cool, but not because it’s hip. It’s cool because it is true truth, as Schaeffer said.  Thanks for posting.

  • Roy

    If this is odd, and by definition it probably is, then that’s a real shame. Sweet words backed by fundamental truth.

  • Jon Swerens

    Man, that’s the stuff.

  • Andrew Lohr

    The Holy Spirit is our wisdom, and if we were conversationalists instead of cessationists he might share his wisdom with us.  Or are “The Holy Spirit” and “The Holy Bible” interchangeable terms here? / / / / / / / We gather to hear–and to mutually instruct one another.  I went from PCA to Plymouth Brethren, and you acknowledged to me that churches that let the men talk, as per I Cor 14:24-31,  have more men than women. / / / / / / / Learn from the conversationalists.  Learn from the Brethren and “Open Church” (Jim Rutz).  And let them learn from the Reformed and from others.

  • Moor

    Little known fact: this Credo was the original title and chorus lyric to R. Kelly’s now-famous song, but a liberal editor got ahold of the song and reduced it to what we now know (from “The story behind the music: I Believe I can Fly”, The “Moor Onion Please!” version).

  • Eric Stampher

    Marching orders by what we’re for, undistracted by stuff we thereby oppose. 

  • Rick Davis

    I love it…but my inner logic teacher hast to nitpick. I think you mean “law of excluded middle.”

  • Rick Davis

    And now my inner grammar teacher has to correct my previous comment: *has to*

  • Eric Stampher

    The fallacy of the undistributed middle can get easily missed by the same folks who somehow find Titus’ destruction of Jerusalem right there in Scripture.

  • Seneca Griggs

    I believer there IS a God and I am not He.  – Amen brother Doug

  • Rick Davis

    Eric, I can find it right there in Matthew 24 without an undistributed middle :)


    All “these things” are things that happened to the generation Jesus was speaking to. (Matthew 24:34)


    All the destruction of Jerusalem is in the category “these things”. (Matthew 24:1-2)


    Therefore, all the destruction of Jerusalem is a thing that happened to the generation Jesus was speaking to.

  • Ben Bowman

    Great post Doug. Let us all live worthy of this. 

  • Eric Stampher

    Rick — except, of course, there still remains to this day, stones on stones which did not get thrown down.  You’ve begged the question that the destruction to which Jesus refers belongs to temple rockage.   A common fallacy.  Scripture records the pharisees also mistaking His temple references to that structure.  There is more than one kind of buildings / stones / temple.

  • Eric Stampher

    Of this same City, another prophet had earlier said to Jews promised return from Babylon:  “it shall not be thrown down any more forever” (Jer 31:40).  Now was Jesus overriding Jeremiah?  Or perhaps are Jesus & Jeremiah speaking instead of Jerusalem’s anti-type?

  • Douglas Wilson

    Rick, thanks — typing without thinking again.