Welcome to my site! In my mid-forties, I had this wild internal push to leave a good career in the non-profit sector to enter the Masters of Theology Program at Dallas Theological Seminary in Fall 2008. My experiences, passions, and personality quickly drew me to the systematic theology track, with a particular interest in theological method, namely how do we understand the revelation of God in relation to scripture and life. I graduated Fall 2014 but know that is not the end of learning. I expect to spend the rest of my life learning God’s truth as He has revealed it, exploring His word and His world and helping others to do the same. I think deeply, live authentically, and embrace gospel-centeredness that rests in the work and person of Jesus Christ, reconciled to the Father and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Doctrinal Journey: I spent a good chunk of my Christian years as a Charismatic, embracing neo-Pentecostal beliefs tinged with Word of Faith philosophy. In 2006 as a result of a challenge from a friend on the fragmented way I was reading Scripture, imposing philosophies on the text that weren’t there, I embarked on a course of study that led to examination of how the 66 books hung together as a whole. Impressed with the overarching sovereignty of God and what He accomplished through the Son, I began to embrace tenets of Calvinism and moved away from the Charismatic/Word of Faith doctrine that had served as the foundation for my Christian beliefs. I moved to a Bible church where I was introduced to the discipline of theology, learned to read the Bible more holistically, and began to understand the importance of historic Christian orthodoxy. This also served as the catalyst to seminary and once there, spent the first four years at a Bible Fellowship church. Recognizing that my theology were shaping into a more Reformed perspective, I moved to the PCA (Presbyerian Church of America) in 2012, becoming an official member in July 2013. However, I don’t like tribalism and believe in learning from a swatch of denominational perspectives. We are one body.
Personal: Born in Chicago, raised in Southern California, spent 14 years in New England then 10 1/2 years in Dallas, TX. After being a widow since 2004, Evan came and swept me off my feet at the end of 2017. We married in January 2019 and reside in Roanoke, VA. I have two delightful adult children ages 31 and 23. I love robust dialogue, much laughter, insightful thoughts, good coffee and exploring ethnic food and am always on the hunt for thoughtful blogs.
About the Blog: I pretty much write what I think about theology, the bible and life in a direct straight-forward manner. But I do try to be gracious. I don’t necessarily regurgitate what is popular. In fact, I often challenge popularly held concepts if I think they are inconsistent with scripture and the historic witness of the Christian faith. You are free to disagree with me but please do so graciously.
Lisa. I came across your blog through an insightful comment you made on Miguel’s blog Pathways. Coming across some of the stuff I’ve read, I look forward to seeing what more comes from you and I encourage you to keep up the good work.
I’m the Features Editor for ChurchLeaders.com and I’d love to share one of your articles through our site. Can you contact me at the email address I’ve provided? Thanks!
Lisa, always enjoy your articles. Is there an email address where I can talk to you in a less public forum? Thanks.
I attended DTS in the 70’s. Would have written a thesis on “the Soteriology of the Roman Catholic
Charismatic Movement” Enjoyed your posts on the Holy Spirit, not what one would expect from a Dallas grad.
Hi Lisa. Please forgive me if I am wrong but you appear to have deleted my comment on your ‘Shame’ post where I questioned your comment that Jesus took our shame on Himself on the cross. I note your comment above that we are free to disagree with you and hope that you feel with me that O did so graciously. My best wishes to you. Geoff
No, the comment was in moderation, which often happens with first time commenters. I was just slow in getting to the site to approve it. It’s there now.
Greetings. I’ve enjoyed your many blog posts. I have a question that would be better asked via email. Is that possible?
Thanks. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you! I will.
Happy Birthday Lisa!
Thank you Lisa for your article on “If racism is a myth”…Considering what is being legislated in Texas presently, your article addresses the continued views that socially and politically impact people of color.While our ultimate allegiance must be to Christ, we need not deny our own roots or those of others. (Book of Songs, Ester, Ruth…i.e. I appreciate your directness in “ABOUT”. In Him!