Hi! I’m Eric Gagnon. I’ve previously served as a pastor, and currently work at Proverbs 31 Ministries as the Theological Content Manager for the First 5 App. I have a Bachelors degree in Church Ministry as well as a Masters Degree in Theology (M.A.Th.) from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Me and my family live in Mint Hill, North Carolina. Please send me feedback as I love getting mail.
Why this site?
I’ve been inspired by the Bible, the Word of God, that the purpose of our lives is to bring glory to God, not just in “religious” matters, but in everything we do. That includes pouring hot metal, hanging drywall, building chairs, making good music, cleaning schools, writing good programming code, and every other kind of good work there is. God is the master creator, and we are like him when we create. And all good work can adorn the doctrine of God if the workers themselves are explicit about their faith in Christ.
The above verse from Titus is especially intriguing to me because it seems impossible to adorn, or make beautiful, something as divine as the doctrine of God.
This is the “doctrine of God”, the gospel, (the good news):
- God’s requirement as Judge is that we be perfectly obedient in order to have right standing before Him. (Galatians 3:10, Romans 8:4, James 2:10) Jesus said “You are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) Peter also reminds us that we are to be holy just as God himself is holy! (1 Peter 1:15-16) That is our requirement for right standing. Perfect righteousness and holiness.
- Since all have sinned (Romans 3:23) and continue to struggle with sin (1 John 1:8) and since the punishment for sin is spiritual death (Romans 6:23), that puts us all in quite a bad situation.
- The only remedy and our only hope therefore is faith in the perfection of the righteousness of Christ, who had both: perfect obedience, and perfect right-standing before God. Having an infinite worth to his life as God the Son, he paid the penalty for our un-righteousness by his death, and being united with him by faith, we will share in his resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:8-11)
This is great news! The gospel is a treasure, a diamond! It is our job to put it on a pillow in a display case, elevated for all to see — to show it off, to make it beautiful, to “adorn” it. The gospel is rare and beautiful – and our lives are like the pillow – to be used to prop up what is beautiful.
I hope you enjoy this site. Please ask me questions or make comment as you wish!