I’m Chad Barnes and I’ve been the student minister in the Oasis Student Ministry at Sylvania Church in Tyler, TX, since 2005. I started this blog in 2011 mainly as a way to open dialogue with Oasis students and parents about what Jesus has revealed about Himself in Scripture, and how His people should respond to that revelation. In God’s providence, the site has actually sparked more dialogue outside of Sylvania ChurchÂ than it has inside, which has for several reasons proven to be a blessing to me.
I’m very happily married to my favorite woman on the planet, Amanda, who is my greatest helper (Gen. 2:18) and closest friend. Â I’m also the thankful father of my two kids, Nathan and Rebekah.
At the core of who I am, I’m in constant need of Jesus. I needed (past) Him to be my sin substitute so that I could be made right with God forever, I need (present) Him to work in me so that I can love and enjoy Him, bear spiritual fruit and persevere in the Him to the end of my life here on earth, and I need (future) Him to return for me and take me to the place He has prepared for all who are in Him. As for where I am now, I’m an imperfect lover of Jesus, and, as result, an imperfect lover of His church, His Word, and the unbelieving world, which is infected with the most horrific terminal illness (sin) and is need of the only remedy (the Gospel of Jesus; Rom. 1:16). Â That said, I’m seeking to, “work out [my] own salvation with fear and trembling, [because] it is God who works in [me], both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:12-13). In other words, despite all my weaknesses, I’m seeking to grow in Christ-likeness because I trust that God is at work in me (and all His people), empowering to live in ways that I cannot live on my own.
On a lighter note, I also attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, do search engine optimization for Deep Space Robots in Dallas, TX, love [great] Christian rap (click here, here and here for some of my favorites), thoroughly enjoy playing basketball, and am a dedicated (though hopefully neither idolatrous nor obnoxious!) fan of the football program at my alma mater, the University of AlabamaÂ (Roll Tide!).
I hope this blog serves as a blessing to you and your relationship with the incomparable Christ.