Jamie is a follower of the King, Jesus Christ. He is a Byzantine Baptist ⳩; a Middle-Earth Narnian walking the Wood Between the Worlds; a husband, a father, a seminary student, and discipleship pastor at TBA Church in Lakeland, FL. He and his wife met in high school and celebrated their 20th year of marriage in 2020. They have two teenage wonderfully engaging children.
Jamie’s desire is to equip the church with a firm foundation of knowing what they believe and why they believe it, how to define, defend, and think about it, and how to live life in response to it. That is, to have Faith Seeking Understanding. This includes engaging others with reason and imagination- the organ of meaning according to C. S. Lewis. The telos, of course, is to become hands, feet, and voice of Jesus Christ in response to the Great Commission and the Great Commandments: to help the Church live fully and gratefully as Kingdom participants living according to this calling. Jamie’s goal is to teach and lead others to follow the way as disciples of Jesus Christ: theologically, existentially, religously, and relationally. Finally, his ultimate and chief end is to glorify God and to make the name of Jesus famous!
In the Wood Between the Worlds
The Wood Between the Worlds is from The Magician’s Nephew in the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It is an In-Between Place that allowed the children in that story to go from our world to another- from our world to the land of Narnia and other worlds too.
The trees grew close together and were so leafy that he could get no glimpse of the sky. All the light was green light that came through the leaves: but there must have been a very strong sun overhead, for this green daylight was bright and warm. It was the quietest wood you could possibly imagine. There were no birds, no insects, no animals, and no wind. You could almost feel the trees growing. The pool he had just got out of was not the only pool. There were dozens of others — a pool every few yards as far as his eyes could reach. You could almost feel the trees drinking the water up with their roots. This wood was very much alive. When he tried to describe it afterwards Digory always said, “It was a rich place”-Magician’s Nephew
Here, in the Wood Between, We Ponder and Explore the Great Questions and Venture Imaginatively into New Worlds to Proclaim the Unity of the Christian Worldview. Contemplation is the Call of the Place in Between the Worlds: Exploring Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Natural and Special Revelation of God… The Purpose of the Wood in Between is to compel Modern Man out of the Sensate & Darkened World of Despair and Disillusionment, to Wake up and Realize that “There are Other Worlds than These!” 1This is a quote from Jake Chambers in The Gunslinger by Stephen King
What is a Byzantine Baptist? I use these terms as adjectives….. (updates coming soon…)
Faith Seeking Understanding
“Fides Quaerens Intellectum”— St. Anselm
The purpose of this phrase it to highlight Christ’s supremacy in all theological pursuits- faith in Christ is the telos for all philosophy. Faith for Anselm is volitional (a response) rather than the common pejorative trope of the atheist who states that Christians operate on “blind faith,” that is, that Christians see faith epistemically. Rather, faith is built on a love for God and a desire to act as God wills. So “faith seeking understanding” means loving God, trusting God, and seeking a deeper knowledge of God in all ways. The chief end of all mankind is union with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Light of the World and Wisdom Incarnate, therefore, this is the correct end for all philosophy. It is our trust and love of him that opens our eyes. Anselm understood that All truth is God’s Truth, and likewise, we can do the same.
“Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height, for my understanding is in no way equal to that, but I do desire to understand a little of your truth which my heart already believes and loves. I do not seek to understand so that I can believe, but I believe so that I may understand; and what is more, I believe that unless I do believe, I shall not understand.”- St. Anselm
- 1This is a quote from Jake Chambers in The Gunslinger by Stephen King