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Hi, my name is David Craig Griffith (DCG), author of the “transformational fiction” novel (a phrase I believe was coined by author, Ted Dekker), I AM BEST (published November 2017). 

I AM BEST is the quirky, yet inspirational story of a man who overcomes his worst fears and destructive habits by confronting the shameful lies that have dominated him his entire life.  Although primarily intended for the addiction recovery community, the tools and techniques are useful for everyone who simply wants more joy and freedom in life.

Then again, we’re all addicts to some extent or another, aren’t we? {insert nervous laughter here}

This blog is a medium through which I hope to share some of the things I have learned in recovery and beyond.  I have been encouraged by others to keep this conversation alive because there are “lots of folks” who are asking the same questions, who either lack the resources to answer them or simply didn’t realize that they had similar questions until they heard someone else asking them.  Either way, my goal is to post one blog per week and then as time permits (someday), provide a video version for those who prefer that medium over reading text.  I would like to do more, but I still work full time as the GIS Coordinator for the City of Leavenworth, Kansas (http://www.gis.firstcity.org).  Perhaps if this blog is still going, I can do more when I retire–but that is still a long way off (2027?).

Some of the general topics of interest to me in the present are these (but the list is sure to expand with time):

  • Christian Universalism: the idea that the gospel is universally good news for all, not just some, and certainly not the minority of people who believe just like me.  God is wise enough, capable enough and loving enough to rescue everyone who needs rescue (and that would be all who are in Adam according to St. Paul).
  • Divine Justice: is it retributive by nature, restorative in its purpose, both or something else altogether?
  • Hell: is it literally a lake of fire or outer darkness, or is it something else?  Is it eternal conscious torment of the damned, annihilation of the wicked, a means for ultimate restoration of those who need restoring, or perhaps something else altogether?
  • The Penal Substitution Theory of Atonement (or PST): is there something within the character and nature of God’s justice that requires repayment for the wrong done to him, or “satisfaction” (compensation) or some other form of punishment?  Or is this simply a product of wrong thinking about God and the Bible?
  • Neuroscience and Recovery:  how does modern science provide us with an understanding of why there is so much wrong thinking in the world about God, ourselves and others?  Does it show us a path to recovery of healthy thinking and healthy relationships? 
  • Neuro-theology:  How do neuroscience and recovery fit into the theological conversation?
  • Justification by Grace through Faith: that is, does a person need to have faith “in order to be saved” (considered a foundational or contractual understanding), or is faith simply something by which we acknowledge that we have already been saved (and thus, a participatory or covenantal approach).
  • The Bible: what are the hermeneutical guidelines for interpreting the Bible (hermeneutics are the “rules” by which we try to grasp what the original authors intended, and by them attempt to make reasonable application to our present lives).  Under this general umbrella are such topics as biblical inerrancy, progressive revelation, the “Jesus” hermeneutic, biblical criticism, mythology, literary criticism (to include the scapegoat mechanism of Rene Girard) and more.
  • The Church:  What is it?  What does it look like?  What is it for?  When does it become more of a problem than a solution?  Why are so many leaving?
  • Social Issues, Morality & Politics:  At present, I do not really want to delve into the world of social justice and politics, but I acknowledge that all of these issues translate into a societal arrangement of things.  These issues are an important part of the conversation, in fact, these issues are where theory becomes practice.

Rules:  Play nice.  If I am right, then we’re all in this together for the long haul.  We might as well learn to get along and discuss our differences in a civil manner.

Here’s to the journey ahead!

Blessings, DCG