And why read this blog?
I’m Chris Lazo. I’m 34. I’m married to Brianna, and we live in Santa Barbara, CA. Brianna makes brimilababy.com. We have a daughter, Abby, a three-year old socialite; and a bulldozer of a son, Jude, who just turned one. I moved to Santa Barbara in 2005 to study photography, and wound up as the pastor of preaching and vision for Reality Santa Barbara. I’m still stunned.
Since we are nestled between UCSB, Westmont, and Santa Barbara City College, half of those who make up our fledgling church are millennials, the generation born between 1980-2000. Yet the other half is made up of a mixture of boomers, empty nesters, and retirees. In the middle of that is a small sprinkling of young families, of which I’m a part. Every stage of life, every personal struggle, every generation so beautifully and sometimes with frustrating complexity represented in a gathering of worshipers, seekers, and doubters. This blog is mostly my attempt to articulate and explore what it looks like to follow Jesus as a church in His unfolding kingdom. I also try to do this with an emphasis on how our union with Christ deeply enriches the way we follow Him.
For example, a deficiency in my experience of following Christ led me into a contemplative approach to Christianity.
Or how understanding union with Christ enabled me to evangelize as the introvert that I am.
Or how this opened my eyes to see Jesus in an 8-year old.
Or how it allowed me the freedom to explore intellectual issues such as my long-held beliefs about the age of the earth.
Or how it can make me and my local church more like Him in the seemingly mundane, such as how we comfort hurting people.
Heck, it even helps me deal with my own hurt.
I’m hoping that perhaps some of these will resonate and even overlap with wherever you’re at in your own journey. For that reason, I also welcome dialog.
I’m learning more and more that I’m merely being worked on. And even though I’m a work-in-progress, it’s refreshing to follow a Messiah who can transform me even when I do things wrong; and who’s words are never wrong; who’s life is always beautiful and complete, and worthy of my worship. I guess you could say, I’m really just an apprentice. Perhaps you are too.
That’s where I got the name, Doctrine on Tap. I want to connect my life to the fresh words and life of Christ (doctrines) like a spigot does for liquid; to make the doctrine of Christ accessible, not by watering it down, but by showing its practical application and undiluted power. Because at the end of the day, you don’t go into a tavern to discuss algorithms—you go to quench your thirst.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Ps 63:1, ESV).
If that appeals to you, join me along the way.
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