Welcome bards & bibliophiles, poets & philosophers, sages & sophists, scholars & students… and regular people too.
Hi. I'm Scott Postma, a writer, and the lead pastor of Northpointe Community Church in North Las Vegas.
This blog is where I share rich insights into faith and literature, valuable tips on the craft of writing, and meaningful perspective on living a life of significance.
If you're a bard or a bibliophile, a poet or a philosopher, a sage or a sophist, a scholar or a student, or just a regular ole' person who loves books and literature, mystery and metaphysics, and you want some tips on writing and how to live a meaningful life, this blog's for you!
In just a second, I'll share some of my backstory, but first I want to let you in on something:
According to a recent national survey three-quarters of U.S. adults (75%) say they wished they were living a more meaningful life.
That means even though they live in the most free and prosperous nation in the world, only one in four Americans are living a significant life.
The rest have either settled for mediocrity... or they're still searching!
What Does a Significant Life Look Like?
When I was 18 years old, searching for my place in the world, I joined the USAF and embarked on my own quest for significance.
What I discovered, totally surprised me! It wasn't like anything I had expected.
If you're thinking I must have got married, found my dream job, discovered a new hobby, or found religion, you'd be right; but those things are not where I discovered my significance.
Twenty-four years ago I married my high school sweetheart. We have four awesome kids, one adopted son-in-law, and a beautiful granddaughter we call Maddie-cakes. These are the most important people in my life. But they are not my significance.
I have ministered as a pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer for two decades, and this work has been the most meaningful work I could have done with my life, but it's not where I found my significance.
I have some enjoyable pastimes, like hiking, reading, smoking one of my briarwoods, and collecting more books than I can ever read in a lifetime. Yet, that is not where my significance comes from.
I have been a member of and/or a leader in various Christian denominations for all of my adult life. While it has been both nurtured and tried in these religious affiliations, it's not where I derive my significance.
I discovered my significance in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Yes, that makes me a Christian. More accurately, I'm a follower of Jesus who tends to get ahead of him, and sometimes off track.
Following Jesus has taught me God doesn't show us the entire picture all at once.
He leads us through this journey called life, step by step, day by day, trial by trial, and celebration by celebration. And he tends to reveal more of our significance as we follow Him in the "already revealed."
About This BlogOn Faith
You're not going to read warmed-over, party-line, religious rhetoric here. But I do explore matters of faith--and often challenge the status quo.
Here's what's important about faith to me:
God, the Significant One, is redeeming his creation and there is a place of significance for everyone who believes the good news that King Jesus died for sinners and rose again to defeat death for us.
It's from this good news, or what the Bible calls the gospel, where real and lasting hope comes from. Everything else is screwed up.
While this is not a religious blog, per se, I believe everything meaningful in culture is only truly significant when it is filtered through the story and message of this good news.On Literature
While I read, discuss, and analyze all genres of literature, I'm most passionate about classic and redemptive works.
Classics are those works throughout the western tradition that have shaped the world we live in today.
Redemptive works are those with "round" characters who learn something about themselves and the world they live in (i.e. bildungsroman, epiphany, and absolution).
Think books like Frankenstein, Great Expectations, and Much Ado About Nothing, and writers like Plato, Dante, and Flannery O'Connor.
Since there are so many books and so little time, I tend to focus only on the best of the best.On Writing
I love words and books, and how they are created, arranged, and published. I'll share valuable tips on the craft of writing and the processes of publishing, and hope to learn from your journey as well.On a Life of Significance
Most importantly, I believe every person was created for significance. I intend to share truths and principles that will provide you with a meaningful perspective on what it looks like to live a life of significance.
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