For those of you who do not already know, my name is Kollin Baer, and I am the worship leader of the 1st on Chatham campus. I’m from a place called The Woodlands, TX, and moved to Durham, NC about 9 months ago. I am heading into my second year in the Masters of Divinity program at Duke (wow – I can’t believe the first year is already over). I am madly in love with Jesus Christ, and called to ministry! I love music, both creating it and collecting it. I also love film and black coffee, and if you deem it necessary to abandon the intended flavor of black coffee with sugar or cream then we can no longer be friends. I am kidding – I also like to joke around.
Joking aside, I am a Baptist. I was raised by the Baptist church, groomed by the Baptist church, and was introduced to Jesus by the Baptist church. For this, which I firmly believe is the best part about me, I am a Baptist! Yes, I currently work in a Methodist Church. No, I do not think that is wrong. Yes, I know there are people who would disagree with me, and No, I would not like to meet them, because I probably already have. While I am Baptist, I know that God is non-denominational. He is not a Baptist..or a Methodist…or a Catholic….or Presbyterian….or an Episcopalian. I believe God is too big to be constrained by one denomination. Rather than looking at the variety of church denominations as a depressing illustration of the divisions in the church – a constant tug-o-war of right and wrong, I chose to view the diversity in the church as a fractioned illustration of a diverse God who is always expanding and creating. It is my life’s calling to share this diverse God with the world!
On that note – in the closing of this brief introduction, you should know that if you chose to continue reading my blogs, theology will be discussed! I had a professor in college who used to say ‘theology is the study of God and everything in relation to God.’ Due to my love for God, I often discuss God and everything in relation to God. I say this now, and I will say it again: my theology is a work in progress. I am often wrong, but do my best to avoid poor theology based not on pride, but on a genuine attempt to provide an accurate depiction of God. Please ask me questions, and question me often. Learning and growing is why I chose to attend a challenging seminary in the first place. If you are reading this, introduce yourself to me! I look forward to seeing you after a worship service, or maybe over a meal that you offered to buy meJ – wow, that was so kind of you! See you soon,