I like to learn, but I must teach. Discoveries delight the mind, but sharing them fulfills the heart. When I gain new perspectives on God, His Word, creation, or our place in it, I feel compelled to express them. This usually comes through prophetic prose or poetic verse, but occasionally in the form of visual artwork. This blog is my way of passing along those insights and inspirations to those interested.
In introducing my blog, let me first break apart and explain the
wording of my name for it: “PastorDavidRN's DANCE with NAKED TRUTH.” Its long title is an important description.
My parents named me “David,” which means “beloved.” I’ve
always appreciated that. Knowing my name’s literal Hebrew meaning
helped me grow up with gratitude. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always
felt thankful for being “beloved,” not just by my parents, but by God.
I really am a pastor,
an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church. Since 1996, I’ve served a small retirement community church sponsored by Faith Legacy Church. Many of the sermons I’ve preached there can be listened to on “My Sermons” webpage. Some of the insights shared on this blog came during this pastoral ministry to seniors.
I am also really an RN, although I retired from hospital work in 2015. After getting my nursing degree in 1981, I worked the ER for almost a
decade. Then in 1991, I cross-trained to OB and have helped multiple thousands of
mothers give birth and breastfeed their babies. Meditation on the physical realities of life—so dynamically
obvious in nursing—has shaped much of my thinking about the embodied nature of our humanity.
Dance is a meaningful metaphor. Life rarely marches in a straight line.
It spins and whirls, jumps and twirls. Also, we rarely dance solo. The dance
floor of life is relational. I first used this illustrative term in my talk
called, “The Dance of the Sexes.” All humans are in a dance, because we are
made in the image of a Trinity of Individuals Who have danced together forever.
Naked is another term with metaphorically rich meaning. Its reputation today,
however, is smothered by prudish fear and sullied with pornographic filth.
Hopefully, from time to time, I will offer an array of historical, cultural,
theological, and psycho-social insights on nakedness that will help restore its
Truth is foundational for true
love. Without it, love becomes wishful sentimentality, at best, and
addictive fantasy, at worst. Jesus said “the truth” can liberate those enslaved
to sin (John 8:31-36). We get the phrase “the naked truth” from
an ancient fable that beautifully illustrates the nature of truth: “While Truth
was bathing in a river, Falsehood stole her clothes, and rather than wear the
rags Falsehood left behind, Truth went about thereafter naked and unadorned.” I
wrote a poem about this fable to expand upon its concepts.
Insights are epiphanies, realizations that are usually sudden and
unbidden. Since they seem to come more frequently with age, I believe most of
them arise from the workings of human reason. But they can also be God-given
revelations. If so, they must always be
checked against God’s Word, His authoritative revelation to us. Part of the
reason I’m starting this blog is that I seem to have so many of them. If they touch
on Christian doctrine, I won’t be sharing them unless I can show their
relationship to Scripture.
Inspirations are much like insights, but to me they serve
as ignition points for creative expression. I have been writing poetry since
early childhood. My love for proverbs, epigrams, and aphorisms has made me a
collector of quotes and lured me into the challenging task of whittling ideas
down to short, pithy and catchy sentences. Since 2006, I’ve begun to fulfill my dream doing of artwork. Some of all these areas of inspiration will appear on the
God is my King. My life and my thoughts revolve around Him. If I hear
Him doubted, my reason goes into gear to prove Him real. If I hear Him maligned, my
thoughts line up in ranks to defend His reputation. My goal is to love Him more. So, I
can’t help but bring God into this blog, since He is not only its Lord but the motivation behind it.
Creation is everything else—all reality other than God. I have many
insights and inspirations both about the handiwork of God and about His
creative will in the continuity of human creativity. But there is
one place where God and creation personally meet: the Incarnation. If you find
my blog heavy on the implications of that doctrine, it’s because it has
captivated the bulk of my thinking for years, and I will never tire of its
riches in contemplation nor exhaust its depths by writing about the God-Man
Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.
So, welcome to my blog—my dance with “the naked truth”—as it tries to offer my insights and inspirations concerning God and creation.