This I Believe

I know creeds and confessions are not exactly a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition.  Having arrived among the Disciples from Presbyterian roots I am a sucker for creeds and confessions and love the poetry of the theological works that they come from.  I am to meet with my COM in the Am and have been asked to write a "This I Believe" piece for the committee describing what I believe.  The only rule was that it needed to be less than 250 words.

Here is my belief statement.  I invite you to submit your belief statement to [dmergent@gmail.com] and we will publish it here.  The only rule is it must be less than 250 words.

I believe in God the Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus the Christ, God’s beloved child, our Redeemer, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day he conquered death; he ascended into Glory and is seated at the right hand of the Creator. Christ Jesus works to reconcile creation unto Creator. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life -- our sustainer; the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sin, bodily resurrection and life everlasting.

I believe that we are all ordained through Baptism. Baptism is the beginning of one's deepening of relationship with Jesus the Christ. I believe that which I perceive to be God is not God[1]. I believe that God is beyond my understanding and that God makes real a divine presence in the profane and mundane.

I believe that the Table where we celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day is a place of reconciliation, renewal and prophetic imagination where we are called to “nurture, nourish, & evoke a consciousness & perception alternative to the consciousness & perception of the dominant culture around us.[2] I believe that when we live in a manner that embraces the margins of culture and secures justice for the oppressed, God is pleased.


[1] Augustine

[2] The Prophetic Imagination pg. 13 [Brueggemann, W.]

by Ryan Kemp-Pappan

Ryan is a minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Douglass Blvd. Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a B.A. in Religious Studies from California State University, Northridge and a M.Div. from Austin Seminary (TX). He chairs the Faith Leaders for Fairness fighting for equal rights for all in the State of Kentucky. He delivers mad Esoteric Piracy. He likes to think of himself as a Royal Pain in the south end of a north bound donkey, Master of 3 of the 5 logical oceans, Beloved creation, 1985 Beer Chug Champion, Amateur Sock Puppeteer, Buckaroo, Reclaimer of lost treasures, Seeker of truth, Tamer of lions, Pugilist of toothless circus bears, Servant, & Tinker of convoluted ideas...

He blogs at The Fettered Heart. He is a host with HCX.  He dreams of one day fighting for lost souls in the dark, smoke filled rings of Mexico City  as a luchador por Jesus Cristo!