About Sara

ME

Personal Background

I attended Northwest University where I earned a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Biblical Studies. I became a licensed minister through the Assemblies of God and accepted my first position as Children’s Pastor in 2006. In 2011 I moved to the country of Macedonia to serve as a Missionary’s Assistant for a year. In 2014 I graduated with an M.A. in Apologetics from Biola University while also working as a Student Ministries pastor. I have since transitioned from a pastoral role to one teaching Bible at a Christian High School. Additionally, I currently serve as an Adjunct Professor with the Caribbean School of Theology, and I recently began an M.Div program. At the end of 2015, for a variety of reasons, I chose not to renew my ministerial license with the Assemblies.

Denominational Background

I grew up in the Pentecostal tradition of the Assemblies of God. Every denomination/tradition has its strengths and weaknesses. One of the most rewarding experiences for me spiritually was working through my Master’s Degree with students from other denominations and traditions. It was truly an “ironing sharpening iron,” experience. Furthermore, all doctrine is important, but I have seen that disagreement over secondary doctrines does not have to cause discord or animosity between fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Unfortunately, the church has experienced too much of that. However, if we can in humility, strive to understand each other first and disagree second, we will benefit personally and the church will benefit collectively.

I think it’s also important to make doctrinal distinctions. Essential Christian Doctrine is not negotiable. To call oneself a Christian, an individual must embrace these doctrines as true.  Non-Essential Doctrines, while important, should not be considered “deal breakers.” Godly, Scripture-studying Christians can disagree on these issues without questioning the other side’s love for God or desire to accurately handle Scripture. We should be careful not to throw rhetorical stones at our fellow believers because we have different doctrinal standpoints regarding secondary issues.

Perhaps Rupertus Meldenius, a Lutheran Theologian, said it best:
In essentials we have unity. In non-essentials we have liberty. In all our beliefs we show charity.

Here is an example of how some doctrines divide:

Essentialswebsite     non essential website

4 comments on “About Sara

  1. Sara got to love you! Doing some research on hyper grace movement and came across your site. You are very well written especially for a NY schooled boy as myself. The words you use I have to look up. Mama Mia!

    Anyway curious why you gave up your credentials with the AG?

    And for fun essential vs non-essential. Does Calvinism vs Arminianism really fit here? To think if you get this one wrong and you stand before God and He says I never knew you. It’s too late. But God, “I thought I was saved – I’m eternally secured”. And He says no you are not. I would kinda sorta consider that kinda sorta essential. But who am I? This poor NY boy! Lol

    • Hi Rick-
      Thanks for the feedback on the blog! There were several reasons that went into my not keeping my AG credentials, but a large one was certainly this influence is the NAR into the denomination. As for the Arminianism v Calvinism debate, I think it’s certainly important, but I put it in the secondary category because given that someone is saved it seems there may be freedom to believe that they were elect or that they freely chose to respond to God in their free will. Salvation by faith alone in Christ alone would be essential, but I think the A v C conversation is more tangential than that. Just my thought of course, and always makes for an interesting conversation! Thanks again for taking the time to write your thoughts! Best, Sara

  2. Could not agree more, the A vs. C is a secondary category, I have friends on both sides of the aisle that debate can be vicious and honestly divisive.

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