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I want you to be weird.

(How’s that for opening up a bio?) 

I’m kind of weird. Even though I was born and have spent my entire life in the South, I despise iced tea or really tea of any kind. Despite spending most of adult life on or around a college campus, I have never developed a taste for coffee.

I’m actively trying to be weird in other ways, too. I want to be a weird husband that sacrificially loves his wife as Christ loves the church. I hope to be a weird dad who loves his kids enough to spend time actively teaching and training them in every way possible to be who God created them to be.

Most of all, I want to be a weird Christian and live my life as a sold-out slave of Jesus. Unfortunately, I’m not as successful as I would like in being weird in these areas.

I’ve been inspired by a man who seems fairly weird himself. He grew up an atheist, became a believer, had an odd idea about a lamp post in the middle of the woods and became a Christian icon. C.S. Lewis inspires, convicts and encourages me in a host of ways.

Welcome to The Wardrobe Door. Who knows what’s on the other side, but if it’s anything like me it will probably be weird.

Hopefully, you’ll find something here to make you think, make you laugh, or maybe even both. My main goal is for you to read my thoughts and decide you want to be weird too. In the good way.

Currently, my wife and I live in TN with our two sons and two daughters, where I serve as a writer and online editor for Facts & Trends.

You can connect with me on Twitter @WardrobeDoor and at Facebook.com/WardrobeDoor.

 

Disclaimer: None of my previous employers or schools and possible future employers or schools necessarily endorse or agree with my writing here. It is entirely probable that you find something I’ve written here with which I no longer endorse or agree. I feel confident only in the core doctrines of orthodox, historical Christianity and my available room for growth.

© Aaron Earls and The Wardrobe Door, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Aaron Earls and The Wardrobe Door with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

7 Comments

  1. Aaron,

    Just discovered your blog site today after weeks of study, thought, preparation and writing, while still wracking my brain to find a better way of articulating the differences between Calvinism, Arminianism, and Molinism to my congregation (I am a pastor with the EFCA), discovered your excellent series from Aug. 1–6, 2010. I’m preaching through Romans and want to use some of this time to educate and encourage our congregation to understand these important differences within the Christian faith, to encourage them to take seriously and hold firmly yet gently to this tension in Scripture that divides too many too easily. I appreciate the tone and clarity of your blog on this subject, and your application.

    With your permission I would love to be able to draw from some of your work with the hope of better illustrating and highlighting these views regarding the security of our salvation (or not) with the hope of helping our congregation be strengthened in their knowledge of the Scriptures, but also in their knowledge of the differences within the realm of orthodox Christianity. I cannot say what specifically I would cite at this point, but will credit you and your blog site accordingly.

    Respectfully,
    Todd Southard

  2. Thanks for being faithful to how you were called. I enjoyed reading just now your post regarding making hanging our with Christian friends one’s church. All I can say is “Amen.” I saw this happen. It was sad.

    Here, in your bio, I see myself. Just yesterday I was talking to my psychiatrist (tell me this doesn’t scream “Weird”) about my being weird. He encouraged me. I love that guy. He isn’t even of the same religion and he encourages my faith in Christ. I will be writing about being weird on my own site soon. I’m actually hoping my weirdness shows up a little when people read my blog.

    Happy trails,
    your sister
    p.s. Love the disclaimer

  3. ann Reply

    With respect to the series on Theological Flower Beds — August 1-6, 2010 — I have found the following:

    Aug2 Theological Flower Bed: TULIP, DAISY & ROSES
    Aug3 Calvinism in Brief
    Aug5 Molinism in Brief
    Aug6 Beauty in all the Flowers

    I cannot find the article on Arminianism that must have appeared in sequence on Aug 4. Please, can you help me locate that article? This series is very helpful.

  4. ann Reply

    Never mind. Of course I found it about 2 minutes after writing for help. Maybe I did not spell it right several times! 🙂

  5. Hi, Aaron

    I enjoy your blog. Like you, I was a big comic book collector when I was a kid. I was strictly Marvel!  (My problem is I didn’t take care of my books. In my mind, it wasn’t about “collecting” them. It was about reading them. So they were all ripped and dog-eared. About 10 years ago I took them to a comic store to see how much they’d give me for them and they give me $50 for the whole box!

    Youth is wasted on the young.

    I’m also a fan of CS Lewis. I’ve read most of his works many times. My favorite book by him is The Great Divorce.

    I’m also a fellow blogger. However, I’m not a Christian blogger. I was a Christian for 35 years, but I “lost my religion,” as they say, in the process of writing my first novel, which is about a Mormon missionary who goes insane on his mission. I still believe God exists, but I’m not a theist. I’m a deist, or, if I’m a theist, I’m a process theist.
    I’m still figuring that out. All I know is that if God does act in the world, it’s very subtly. I wrote a blog post once that suggests He “romances” creation.

    Anyway, here’s the core of what I learned in writing my novel/losing my religion: Religious certainty is a fallacy. Like Postal Service.

    With that in mind, I found myself strongly disagreeing with most of what you said in this blog post.

    Let’s start with your claim that Jesus “Someone undeniable” I just don’t see that. He’s very deniable—or he’s no more undeniable as any other religious figure. We have no documents by anyone who knew Jesus personally—let alone from Jesus himself. (I’m assuming he was illiterate.) What we have is letters written by Paul, who never knew Jesus, decades after the resurrection.

    You say “Either we acknowledge John 14:6 or we don’t” Really? It’s doubtful Jesus ever said that. The gospel of John was not written by the apostle John and its theology was heavily influenced by the theology of Paul. If we want to find statements that are more likely to have come from Christ, we’re better off looking at Q. None of the grand claims Jesus makes in some of the gospels—such as he is the Son of God—are made in Q.

    I would recommend you read the book Zealot by Reza Aslan. (How’s that for a last name?) You will no doubt violently disagree with it. But I would challenge you. As a Christian, I’m sure you value humility. Part of being humble is being able to admit when you’re wrong.

    All my study tells me you are wrong. It was hard for me to admit I was wrong, but I couldn’t argue with the facts. Real facts–not just thinks I had been TOLD were true.

    You say that a Christianity that denies objective truth won’t last? Really? That’s not what we’re seeing. People are fleeing from that kind of Christianity in droves. The people who remain are dogged in their belief in objective truth, as you are, but they’re not the ones who are going to be running the Church, if it survives. The Church will be run by the people we call millennials. They will not put up with a religion that insists it’s the only way. Yes, I know that idea bothers you, but what you think is not important, frankly. You’re not going to be running the church.

    I take the totally contrary stance to you. I think we’re headed for dogma-less religion—truth-less religion. Many people, probably yourself, would says that that isn’t religion. It’s a club, or something. Once again, I know that’s what you sincerely believe, but it’s not what the future leaders of the church believe.

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