Hello and welcome! My name is C. C. J. Vann. I’m a freelance science journalist, photographer, happy geek, and Biblical astronomy enthusiast. I have a Master of Arts in Journalism. I plan to pursue a certificate in Cosmogony next year. I’m a Christian, who loves the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I prefer the term “Biblical Judeo-Christian” because I believe the Bible is the absolute, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16).
Christian Pursuits is my personal blog to write about life, astronomy, culture, and faith. I want Christian Pursuits to be a place of reverence for God, encouragement, intellectual curiosity, and occasional humor. Thank you for taking a moment to visit with me.
I believe… in Jesus.
I believe The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is The Only Begotten Son of God, The Father. I believe He is The Way, Truth and Life and the only path to God. I believe in His Immaculate Conception, sinless life, death on the cross at Calvary, resurrection from the grave after three days, ascension into Heaven and His anticipated glorious return one day. (Acts 1:6-11)
I believe… in The Holy Spirit.
I believe The Holy Spirit, The Comforter, is the Divine Spirit. I believe when I don’t know where to begin or what to pray The Holy Spirit intercedes for me. I believe the fruits of The Holy Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in a Christian. I believe The Holy Spirit teaches godly lessons to encourage and remind me of who I am in Christ. (John 14:26)
I believe… in God.
I believe in God, The Father, The Ancient of Days, Lord of The Universe, Creator of All and so much more beyond any human comprehension or reference point. I believe God loves everyone. I believe even though we have free wills, God desires everyone to come to Christ for salvation. I believe God deals with each of us as unique individuals. In my Christian journey, God to me is my Abba, El Roi, The God Who Sees. (Genesis 1:1)
I believe… in The Holy Trinity.
Though I do not fully understand it, I believe in the Biblical-Christian Godhead as one God in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:18-20)
I believe… in The Holy Bible.
I believe the Bible is the infallible, God-Inspired Word of God. I believe every word of The Bible is the absolute truth. I believe the Bible is beautifully simple in its complexity. I believe the Bible is multi-layered in meaning. I believe the Bible is the sacred guide book for living a life pleasing to God. I believe God speaks to us through His Holy Word. I believe the Bible speaks to our hearts with stories of imperfect saints and unrepentant sinners so we may better understand our own human frailties and be compassionate to others. (2 Timothy 3:16)
I believe… I am a sinner.
I believe I am no better than anyone else and deserve to die for my sins. I believe I need Jesus. I believe it is only by the grace of Christ that I am saved. I believe the only good in me is of Christ and The Holy Spirit. I believe God loves me despite my sins, shortcomings and weaknesses so much that he sent His Only Begotten Son to shed His blood in death for me one Friday afternoon long ago on Calvary. (John 3:16)
I believe… that one single selfless, Divine Act changes everything, including me.