The title of this blog, “Whitestone Fellowship”, is a reference to Revelation 2:17.
“To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.”
There is a theme throughout the Bible of people receiving new names. Abram becomes Abraham, Sarai becomes Sarah, Jacob becomes Israel, Simon becomes Peter and Saul becomes Paul. With this new name, each person takes on a new identity. Their encounters with God have changed them. They are no longer the person they were before. This is the hope of the gospel. We are told in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 that if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. In Christ we are to be changed.
This is what I want this blog to be about. I like to read, watch sports on TV, think about and argue politics and talk about movies. And all of these things may sneak into the blog from time to time. But being changed by Jesus Christ into a new person is what is most important. So if you read and comment on this blog, please understand that regardless of what any individual post may cover, that desire is what underlies everything.