I’m going to be trying something new in this space, hoping to bring more useful content to our growing website. I’d like to give thanks to God for three men who have gotten us to this point. First, Bob Bane is the one who got Trinity Vallonia started online. Second, Matt Helwig revamped and updated the website to give you pretty close to what you see today. Third, Lance Adams has really worked to take our website to the next level by keeping it up to date and populating it with new content. Following the Apostle Paul, “I give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:16).
Since I’ve never been a regular blogger, it’s difficult to tell you what to expect here in terms of length, number of posts, etc. However, I am committed to using this space to spend time thinking through (and, Lord willing, helping you think through) God’s Word. Since God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105), what greater task can we take up than to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the Scriptures. I hope you’ll read these posts, find Christ’s Word in them, and interact with me in the comments section. Theology is best done in conversation; as King Solomon puts it, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
To that end, let’s begin this venture (and end this blog post) with a wonderful little prayer that I often use—the Collect for the Word from The Lutheran Hymnal:
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of Thy holy Word we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which Thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ, who live the and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Rev. Jordan McKinley
I’m pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vallonia, Indiana. I’m the husband of a godly and beautiful wife (Andrea), and father to three faithful and slightly crazy kids (Naomi, Collin, and Theodore). I read the Bible professionally.