What is the chief end of man? I believe the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
To my shame, I have not glorified Him as He deserves, and I have certainly not delighted in Him as I ought. I am a sinner.
But God is a great God, abounding in love and mercy. For I am a sinner saved by grace, meaning that I am saved, not according to the good things I have done, or according to my righteousness, but because Jesus Christ came and died for my sins; the godly for the ungodly, the righteous for the unrighteous, so that in Him, we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. My faith is in Him and in Him alone.
–Now For You Theology Buffs. A More Detailed Statement–
I am a Reformed Christian holding firmly to the doctrines of grace (although some of my more Ownenian brothers wouldn’t like my more Baxterian or Hodgian (shall I say Calvinian?) convictions regarding the extent of the atonement). I find the non-cessationist position, as held by men like D.A. Carson, Piper and Sam Storms, theologically compelling. That being said, cessationism appears existentially normative, at least to me, thus far. I grew up dispensational, but men like Kim Riddlebarger, O Palmer Robertson and Robert L. Reymond have cured me. Therefore I hold to a more covenantal view. I lean heavily towards Amillennialism, but would not die on that hill. Here I must say that G.K. Beale’s commentary on Revelation is an absolute gem. Sell your shirt and buy it. Van Til’s “The Defense of Christianity and My Credo” forever changed me. But while I am a thorough-going presuppositionalist, I very much appreciate all fields of apologetics. They all have their place. Alvin Plantinga is wildly interesting, if you’re into that kind of stuff.
I am paedobaptist, but a non-dogmatic one. Here I can really see both sides of the debate, and I feel each other’s plight. At the end of the day, I’m convinced that the warnings and the nature of the New Covenant, along with the existential problem of when to baptize a young, but professing child, tilt the issue towards paedobaptism.
I think doctrine is profoundly important (I loathe theological liberalism), but despise cantankerous Christians who wield their doctrines like clubs.
John Piper, D.A. Carson, Jonathan Edwards, John Calvin, G.K. Beale would be some of my top picks, if I were stranded on an island and had only the Bible and a pile of books to read. Moby Dick and C.S. Lewis’ “Space Trilogy” would be musts as well. If you haven’t read Perelendra, the second book in the trilogy, sell your pants and buy a copy (though you shoud read the first… so sell your underwear!).
I am also a member and a Deacon in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.