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76118_604081756300657_161976353_nHey, thanks for visiting—I’m glad you’re here.

So, let’s just get this out of the way, My name’s Jayson and I’m a messy jumble of contradictory things: God-botherer, writer, sinner, husband, determined dreamer, father, musician, audiophile. I’m also a cynic by experience and an optimist by sheer will power.

If you’re looking for all the answers, you’ve come to the wrong place. What I can promise you is a few deep thoughts (and a lot of dumb ones), a safe place to interact, and a well-intentioned friend. Please read some of my posts and get involved in the conversation. I’m looking forward to getting to know you.

Follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook—I’m serious. Let’s kick this eternal relationship off today!

I also blog about music on Track by Track!

 

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19 Comments Post a comment
  1. Colleen Harriott #

    Love love LOVE!!

    August 1, 2012
  2. Vlad #

    Aroooooooooo

    October 1, 2012
  3. detsmith1297 #

    I really enjoyed the last blog post. Do you have a subscription widget on here anywhere?

    July 31, 2013
  4. Andy Doerksen #

    I thank you for that. . . . But on a positive note, the reason I found your website was because someone linked me to your article “4 Reasons Christians Need to Quit Sharing Hoaxes.” I really liked that! Keep up the good work.

    August 3, 2013
  5. Like the site and the several posts I’ve read. I disagree with the tagline though: “Theology is not a science; its an art”, though I’d like to disagree without being disagreeable.

    “Art” is the root of “artificial”, “artifact”, and in general, the works of human hands. While Theology could be argued to be a “human work” in some ways (we have to work to understand and develop it), it describes our knowledge of something, and “science” really just means “knowledge”. Its a shame our culture has reduced science to physical science, as Theology has been described as the “mother of the sciences” (the highest knowledge). So I’d suggest instead that Theology is the Supreme Science, and should dictate our Art.

    Again, great site. Apologies if this comes across as nit-picky 🙂

    August 14, 2013
    • Thanks for your kind words Joshua.

      And check your etymology.

      early 13c., “skill as a result of learning or practice,” from Old French art (10c.), from Latin artem (nominative ars) “work of art; practical skill; a business, craft,” from PIE *ar-ti- (cf. Sanskrit rtih “manner, mode;” Greek arti “just,” artios “complete, suitable,” artizein “to prepare;” Latin artus “joint;” Armenian arnam “make;” German art “manner, mode”), from root *ar- “fit together, join” (see arm (n.1)).

      In Middle English usually with a sense of “skill in scholarship and learning” (c.1300), especially in the seven sciences, or liberal arts. This sense remains in Bachelor of Arts, etc. Meaning “human workmanship” (as opposed to nature) is from late 14c. Sense of “cunning and trickery” first attested c.1600. Meaning “skill in creative arts” is first recorded 1610s; especially of painting, sculpture, etc., from 1660s. Broader sense of the word remains in artless.

      Fine arts, “those which appeal to the mind and the imagination” first recorded 1767. Expression art for art’s sake (1824) translates French l’art pour l’art. First record of art critic is from 1847. Arts and crafts “decorative design and handcraft” first attested in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, founded in London, 1888.
      Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truths, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned. The revolt of individualism came because the tradition had become degraded, or rather because a spurious copy had been accepted in its stead. [William Butler Yeats]
      —from the Online Etymology Dictionary

      August 14, 2013
      • Thanks for the response. I think we agree on the definition of art – art is simply the practical application of knowledge; it is something people make, based on what they know. That is, art is applied science (in the old definitions, when science meant more than physical science, whose application is technology). But I think there are practical and theoretical sides to Theology; that it is in some ways both a science and the application of it.

        August 14, 2013
        • I think you’re over analyzing it. In the end, I think everyone’s theology is, in part, a mixture of cultural, generational, ecclesiastical, and biblical considerations. But they all, whether calvinist, arminian, pentecostal, or whatever, believe their theology is the most accurate interpretation of Scripture.

          I think it’s art. A truth filtered through someone’s experience and poured out on the canvas of their lives.

          But if you want to consider it science, I probably wouldn’t come tell you you’re wrong.

          August 14, 2013
  6. Mohammad zuhair #

    Hey jayson , i red your posts and it seems that you like to find the truth and make things logic wiithout blind following , why you dont search about islam and read the quran and use islamic resources to see how wisdom this religion is , and to see what islam is really about far away from the media which is trying to give a tottaly different idea about it .

    Best wishes.

    August 21, 2013
    • Thanks for the suggestion Muhammad, I have been thinking the same thing.

      August 21, 2013
      • Mohammad zuhair #

        You are welcome

        August 26, 2013
  7. “Theology isn’t a science, it’s an art.” Yeah, following just for that.

    August 25, 2013
  8. Amy Pylant #

    I’d love to use some of your material in a presentation I am giving. May I have your permission, one author to another?

    August 28, 2013
    • Is the presentation on Self-Important People of the Internet?

      Send me an email at dancingatom@gmail,com and let me know what and how you’re going to use it. I don’t foresee any issues.

      August 28, 2013
  9. Jayson I just want to write to let you know we really appreciate and love your blog. Keep up the writing. Your writing brings a sense of realism and long standing issues many of us have been seeing for years. And have been guilty of as well. =D

    September 16, 2013
  10. Mark Carter #

    Jayson – I determined to find your site after reading your recent (and really bright) article on Christian Leaders. After having discovered the site – I have read about 10 of your articles.
    I am a middle-aged, life-long youth pastor who somehow became a lead pastor of a larger church for the past 12 years. I’m writing to truly encourage you. I have read hundreds (maybe thousands) of “religious” style articles. Most of which leave me bewildered by the overreach statements, anti-intellectualism and narrow views of religion and the world.
    My point is – You make a ton of sense! Please, please keep writing your thoughts.
    I’ve joined the throng of email followers.

    November 1, 2013
    • Thanks Mark! Your encouragement means the world to me. It truly, truly, does.

      November 1, 2013
  11. lettersfromascribe #

    Your honesty is telling.
    You sound like a long lost friend.
    Hello friend, it’s a pleasure to meet you.

    June 30, 2014

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