I am Sherman Nobles. You might have seen some of my posts on Jesus Creed or The Evangelical Universalist. I was active on other forums until a year or so ago when I began affirming that I believed in UR, but the members there decided, as did my local fellowship, that UR is not an acceptable belief. It doesn't really matter how much one loves God, loves people, and even lives righteously; all that matter is that one accepts certain beliefs (Statement of Faith). In essense this affirms that what one "believes" or professes to believe is more important than how one actually lives. It's been a tough year and a half since I've come to "believe" that Jesus really is the savior of all humanity (in deed not just in title), tough mainly in the facing the rejection and ill will of people who once loved and respected me.
Well, anyhow, I look forward to sharing here and growing in our faith in Christ together. I'm about 50, father of 4 (ages 21, 18, 11, 6), husband of 1, and brother to you all. I have an MA in Missiology (cross-cultural communication of the Gospel) and each day realize more just how much I do not know! I've loved God since I gave my life to Jesus when I was 6, water baptized at 9, preached my first sermon (Heaven/Hell - Where do you want to go? 45 minutes long) when I was 12, and baptized in the Spirit when I was 24. So it's really funny that I now believe that ultimately Hell is completely plundered and Heaven is filled to overflowing! And it's funny to me that it was actually studying what scripture says (or doesn't actually say) concerning Hell, punishment of sin, judgment, and Gehenna that freed me to accept in faith that Jesus fails to save none!
Well, I look forward to getting to know you all.
Sherman on the mount in TN