Thanks for visiting my site and wanting to learn more. This page contains information about myself, the goal of this blog, how to contact me, and some other miscellaneous details.
But let’s start off with one of the things I offer to YOU …
Answers and eBooks
Everybody has questions. What are yours?
Here at Redeeming God, I want to help you find answers to the questions you ask, and find the questions you didn’t know to ask.
My blog posts focus on finding truth wherever it can be found, and discovering answers to some of the hard questions regarding Scripture, church, and theology. Of course, finding the right answers begins with knowing the right questions … Journey with me as we search for both the questions and the answers.
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- The Death and Resurrection of the Church
- Christmas Redemption
- The Unforgivable Sin
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There is a long history to this website which you can read about near the bottom of this page. For now, here is a brief explanation of what “Redeeming God” all about.
The phrase “Redeeming God” is meant to be ambiguous. Part of this is because Bible study and theology is often ambiguous, but the real reasons is because the phrase “Redeeming God” can be understood in two ways.
1. God is a Redeemer
First, the word “Redeeming” can be an adjective describing “God.” In this case, God is understood as the One who redeems. And this is certainly true of God. God is a redeemer. He is in the business of redemption. I believe that there is nothing—absolutely nothing—that is beyond the scope of God’s redemption.
I believe that God is in the business of redemption.
“Redemption” is the idea of buying something back to liberate it or give it freedom. In ancient biblical cultures, the term was often used in connection with a person being bought from the slave markets and then being given their freedom. Today, we might “redeem” an item from the Pawn shop by going to the owner and buying an item back from him which we had sold.
Most Christians are familiar with this concept, and are happy to sing and talk about being redeemed. We like to talk about how God has redeemed us from sin, death, and the devil.
But true biblical redemption is much more radical than that.
While God does redeem people, I believe that there is absolutely nothing beyond the scope of His redemption. I believe that God not only redeems people, but He also redeems places, cultures, histories, holidays, and events. Everything is redeemable. Yes, everything. I write a lot more about this on the blog, and it is what I mean when I talk about our “Redeeming God.”
So in this sense, the phrase “Redeeming God” focuses on the redemptive activity of God in our lives and in history. Part of the purpose of this blog is to reveal and unfold the universal redemptive work of God
But there is another idea I have in mind when I talk about “Redeeming God.” I also mean that God Himself is redeemed.
2. God is Redeemed
This site has another purpose as well, which is revealed in the other way that “Redeeming God” can be understood. The word “Redeeming” may also function as a present participle, with “God” as the object. When understood this way, God Himself is the one who receives the action of redemption.
But how can this be? While God is a Redeemer, God does not need to be redeemed, does He?
Actually, I believe that the one being in the universe who needs redemption the most … is God Himself. ⇦ Tweet that!
Yet when I say that God is redeemed, I do NOT mean that God is a sinner who needs to be redeemed from sin, death, and the devil.
No, when I think about God being redeemed, I am referring specifically to how we humans have tried to use Scripture, theology, and tradition to tie God down into a box. We have enslaved God to religion. (He is not enslaved, of course, but we have tried to enslave Him).
So when I think and write about God being redeemed, I am not actually freeing God (for He is already free), but about freeing ourselves in how we think about God and act toward Him. We have tried to enslave God, and we must liberate Him from the prison of our minds if we are ever going to understand Him and follow Him into true life.
I believe that this is why Jesus came to live among us. God is not sinful and so does not need redemption in that manner, but humanity has terrible ideas about God, and God wants to reveal Himself to us as He really is; not as who we think He is. So by revealing God to us, Jesus has redeemed God. That is, Jesus has redeemed our understanding of God. ⇦ Tweet that!
Yet we have been slow to learn what Jesus revealed. The vast majority of humanity, including the vast majority of Christianity, still believes a whole host of things about God that are the exact opposite of the things that Jesus revealed to us about God. So God needs to be redeemed. We need to come to see God for who He really is. We need to see that God is who Jesus revealed Him to be. When we see that God is like Jesus, God will be redeemed.
So on RedeemingGod.com, two of the things I plan to write about are about how God redeems us (and everything else) and how Jesus redeems God for us. Follow along with me to learn more. Join me by getting updates by email.
The Purpose of “Redeeming God”
On this site, I seek to unveil God’s universal activity of redemption so that we can liberate God in our own minds and join Him in the life He wants for us.
I do this by writing about three primary topics: I write about Scripture, theology, and the church.
And while these three areas seem to be “religious” topics, I write about them in non-religious ways. In fact, the goal of this site is to write about these topics in ways that liberate, rescue, and redeem people from religion.
Many ways of reading Scripture, doing theology, and being the church have become enslaved to a religion which seeks to control God and control people. In other words, religion uses many tools to control and enslave people. Three of these tools are (1) a particular way of reading Scripture, (2) various doctrines of theology, and (3) numerous practices of church. And “God” is often called upon to support and defend this religious enslavement of others.
That is why we need to redeem God from religion so that God can redeem us from religion. ⇦ Tweet that!
Where will we begin? The starting (and ending) place is Jesus.
Jesus is the End of Religion
While many believe that Jesus came to rescue people from sin, I believe that one of the primary reasons Jesus came was to liberate people from religion. Jesus came to rescue us (and God) from religion.
As a follower of Jesus myself, the unceasing desire of my heart is to see people break free from the bonds and chains of religion and find freedom in His love.
So that is what this website is about. It is about moving from the way of religion to the way of love.
I write and teach so that you will be rescued and delivered from religion so you can experience the liberating and loving relationship with God that He wants to share with you.
Oh, and don’t think I have it all figured out.
I am on this journey also. I too and learning what it means to live in love, free from religion. And that is why I write. I think best through writing. I write so that I might learn what I believe. I write so that I might continue my theological education in public. I write so that others (like you) might interact with what is going on in my head, and so that I might learn from you in return. Read the “Contact Me” section below to learn more.
If you want some sort of “Doctrinal Statement” then check out my unDoctrinal Statement.
If you want to see what sorts of authors and books have most influenced my thinking and theology, check out my Best Christian Books page.
I want to be as available to you as I possibly can. Please forgive me if it does take me some time to respond! Here are some ways in which you can interact with me:
- Comments – While I used to have comments on this site (and might turn them on again in the future), I now invite people to comment by sharing posts and pages on their social sites like Twitter and Facebook. The reason I do this is not because I want you to share my posts, but because I believe that Scripture is studied, theology is done, and life is best lived in a community of friends. By asking you to comment on my posts and pages by sharing your comments on your social sites, this is inviting your friends and family into the conversation you and I are having. Who knows where this might lead?! If you want me to see your comment, feel free to mention me in your Tweets (@jeremyers1 or @RedeemingGod) and tag me in your Facebook posts (@Jeremy Myers). I cannot respond to everybody, but will do my best to interact when possible.
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The Back Story
This website has a long history.
1. TILL HE COMES
This site was originally called “Till He Comes.”
I began the site in 2001 when I became a pastor. It served as a place to post my sermons manuscripts and audio messages. Some of these are still on the site: Sermon Audio and Sermon Manuscripts. In 2007, I added the blog, which became my primary form of online communication.
TILL HE COMES is actually an acrostic for “Truth in Love, Letting Him Equip Christians to Obey, Minister, Evangelize, and Send.” Catchy, huh? I cringe when I think about it now. Oh well. I just think of it as a reference to 1 Corinthians 11:26 where Paul writes that we are to proclaim the Lord’s death “till he comes” (NKJV).
Paul’s statement summarized the website well. Though Paul is talking about the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11, one of the ways we can proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes is by dying to ourselves daily. When I look back and who I was when I started this site, what I believed, and the things I wanted, I can hardly believe the changes that God brought about in my life. Most of who I was and what I wanted is now dead. In many ways, I was trying to fill the voids that were left behind, and this site helped me in that quest.
Over the years, I adopted several slogans to describe what I was trying to do. Two of them were:
- Plagiarizing God’s Truth to the Highest Degree Possible
- Writing to Bring Scripture and Theology to Life
A lot of writing about Scripture and theology is boring, and hard to understand. Even then, if Scripture and theology is understood, it often makes little difference in one’s life. In my writing, I hoped to change all this. I wanted to help people understand Scripture and theology, and I wanted to help them apply both to their lives.
However, the blog also become unwieldy as I had numerous topics I was writing about. Along with Bible Study and Theology, I was looking to get published and plant a church.
2. Spinning out Other Websites
Somewhere along the way, to help me focus the content of this blog on its original purpose, I started several other blogs. Here are just a few of the blogs I started:
- Grace Commentary is a free, online, interactive Bible Commentary. It contains academic research on various books of the Bible. Right now, I am working through the the book of Jonah and the Gospel of Luke.
- Grace Ground is a free, online blogging community for church leaders and church planters. I write there about my own church planting journey.
- Grace Books is a free, online blogging community for Christian authors and writers. On this site, I write about my efforts to get published, and what I am learning in the process. If you are an author, or are looking to get published, feel free to join the blogging community there and start building (or add to) your author platform.
- Grace Blogger is where I provide free tips and tricks for ministry blogs. I am completely self-taught when it comes to blogging and web-design, and over the years, many people have asked me to help them set up their blog. I love to help others, but found that I was answering the same questions over and over. So I set up this blog to share some of what I have learned over the years about blogging. If you are a new blogger, or are looking to learn some of what I do as a blogger, check out this site.
- Redeeming Press is the publishing arm of my ministry. I not only publish my own books through this company, but also seek to help other authors get their books into print as well. At Redeeming Press, we focus on publishing with generosity and grace. We want to return publishing to the way it used to be, where the main concern about a book was not how many copies it would sell, but whether or not the book contained redemptive and important truths. We also try to be generous in our royalty structure, giving authors 30% (or more( royalty payments.
- Blogging Author is a video tutorial site where I have guides about blogging and getting published. As with many of the other sites above, the project is on a back-burner (WAY back there).
As you can see by the titles, I’m a big fan of grace. It is the theme of my writing and my life. Of course, most of these other blogs do not get updated frequently, because I simply do not have the time.
3. Redeeming God
In early 2015, I hit a blogging wall. I had published over 10 books, 2000 posts, had over 20,000 comments, and had received millions of pageviews, but I had reached a breaking point and decided to step back from it all and reconsider what I was doing, and why. I wrote about it here: I am Dying…
The current website is part of what came out of that rebirthing process. I transferred much of what was on the Till He Comes blog over to RedeemingGod.com. As part of this, however, I decided to stop making “long range” plans and promises for the future. For all I know, this current website is just part of the dying process.
I used to promise to respond to every comment left on this site. I make no such promises now. In fact, the current website doesn’t even have a comment section (read more about why below).
I used to promise to publish blog posts 5 times a week. I make no such promises now. I have no clue how often I will publish posts. I will write when I have something to say, and not sooner.
I used to promise to publish 2-3 eBooks per year. I make no such promises now. I still think I might write books, but if so, I will only put out books now when they are ready. It might be 1-2 per year, but I also might not ever publish another one.
I also think I might start a podcast. But maybe not. We’ll see. And if I do, it might be sporadic. It might die after a month or two. I have no clue.
Do you see where I am going with this? I am trying to hold all my plans lightly. I am trying to follow Jesus; not my plans.
And we will see where the journey goes.
One thing I am pretty sure of though… My blog posts will continue to share with you the journey of me trying to fill in the holes, connect the dots, and put into words what I’m thinking and feeling. Also, Bible study is still a huge part of my life, and I feel pretty certain that God has gifted me to study and write about the Bible, and so I will strive to focus on doing so. (Though this too may change!) While I post some of my informal studies here on this blog, most of my formal studies will be posted over at my other website: Grace Commentary.
I hope that answers some of your questions about this site, and where we are going. I hope you come along for the ride!
More About Jeremy Myers
My entire story is not posted anywhere, but a rough outline of the past ten years is posted on Jason Boyett’s blog, Oh Me of Little Faith. I have also written about my experiences as part of a book I recently published called: Finding Church: Stories of Leaving, Switching, and Reforming.
I work as a chaplain, but that’s just a job to pay the bills so that I can do what I really enjoy: spend time with my wife and three girls, read, write, and study.
I received my Th.M. from a leading seminary in Texas, have published articles in various theological journals, have written several books, and have started a publishing company.