About the blog:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG, emphasis added)
Ever since the first time I read this translation of Jesus’ ancient words, I was hooked.
There is a mystery in the unforced rhythms of grace that is utterly incomprehensible, yet attainable… beyond earthly understanding, yet wonderfully practical.
In this blog, I will make a fumbling attempt to encounter these rhythms.
It is my hope that you’d join me in questioning the things that hold life together and the things that tear it apart, the things that bring us joy and the things that shatter us… the things that march in step towards redemption and the chaos that breaks step and rings in our ears…
It is my hope that, together… we might stumble our way into the rhythms of grace.
I’m Jesse Baker, a 25 year-old middle school youth pastor in Nashville, TN. I earned undergraduate majors in Bible and mass communication from Lipscomb University, though I most often tell people I studied “theology.”
My faith has a tendency to spend more time in my head than my heart, though I long for the moments when both are full. It’s because of this tendency towards the intellectual facets of faith, that I love learning and talking about theology. God is an endless source of ideas and conversations to be had around bonfires on warm nights with a few of your best friends.
I want to change the world, but this blog probably won’t be how I do it.