Who is Trevor Lund?
My name is Trevor Lund. I’m a husband of one, father of two, friend of many offending a few. I have a BA in history and political science and an MDiv. I have a lot of Twitter followers. I am a pastor and writer who is an ENFP on the Myers-Briggs. Keirsey calls that an Idealist Champion. I don’t care for labels, but this one nails me…
Champions often can’t wait to tell others of their extraordinary experiences…And usually this is not simple storytelling; Champions often speak (or write) in the hope of revealing some truth about human experience, or of motivating others with their powerful convictions. see more
Here’s something I wrote that explains my focus on this blog. It comes from by book “Hope In Transition”.
I don’t write about theory.
A few years ago my back needed surgery. With our health system in Canada, I couldn’t see the surgeon for a year and a half. The pain was so intense one day that I couldn’t take it. All I could do was stand on a stair with my right leg dangling in the air. I was there for hours. When Karen got home she took me to the hospital. They gave me a shot of morphine and said they could do nothing else unless it was an emergency – I would know it was an emergency if I lost control of my bowels. Instead the doctor put me on medication to manage the pain.
He gave me muscle relaxants to stop the back spasms and warned me, “They’ll make you sleepy.” I was on anti-inflammatory medication to bring down the swelling and was warned to stay away from ibuprofen as the anti-inflammatory meds could eat a hole through my stomach. I was put on a narcotic for pain relief. They worked great, but I was cautioned, “Just don’t become addicted.” Finally I was put on anti–epileptic medication to deaden the nerve receptors. This was my favorite warning: “These could possibly could shut down the white blood cells, so see your doctor bi-weekly for blood work and to check for the signs of an ulcer.”
It was during this time I had an epiphany – and no, I don’t think it was the drugs. My doctors were treating my symptoms, but – baring a miracle – unless the cause of my pain was dealt with through surgery, the treatments – meant to manage the symptoms – could do me much more harm. That’s not the epiphany, it’s how it was explained to me.
The epiphany came when I understood this is what is often done in the church. Preachers are taught to preach to the “felt-need” which is never the root of the problem. I could no longer give three point and a poem or leave the sermon with people impressed with the PowerPoint presentation. I needed to find the root problems and figure out how to heal the root wounds.
When people are going through the garbage of living in a fallen world, they don’t need slogans and bumper sticker theology. They don’t even always need answers. What we require is an encounter with the Father and His love.
By the way, I agree with those who don’t like a “How To” relationship with God, but I use “How To” a lot because that’s what people search for online and I want to be available for people to resource for answers.
I use this blog to move from thoughts and messages to booklets and books. Your comments help me think about issues in different ways. Your questions open opportunity for me to research even more. It really is so much better when you get involved.
Feel free to contact me directly here
I look forward to getting to know you.
PS. One last thing. Here’s a poem I wrote about myself. It might help you get to know me better.
Husband of one,
Father of two,
Friend of many,
Offending a few…
Dreamer to some, leader to more,
Always planning and playing,
No matter the score.
Enjoys a good laugh,
Always ready to learn
Quick to forgive
When life just feels spurned.
You’re more than welcome to become part of the RevTrev community without being follower of Jesus. I have Muslims and agnostics asking me legitimate questions that I enjoy talking with them about it. People need to belong before they believe. You don’t have to agree with everything I say in order to be in relationship with me and be a valuable member of our online community.
But you need to know where I stand on the issue of becoming a follower of Christ. Maybe this story will help you know what I’m trying to say…
I was speaking to a Comparative Religions Class at a local university on the topic of the early church councils. Much of the early debate of our spiritual ancestors revolved around the nature of Christ. Councils were called to settle disagreements.
The Council of Nicea (325) was called to settle the controversy the followers of Arius promoted by teaching that there was a time when Christ did not exist. The Council of Nicea met to decide: “Was Jesus Christ God or was He just a man?”
Teaching about the Council of Nicea led beautifully into asking the class the same question. I took a less direct approach.
I asked, “Have you ever been offended by someone telling you Jesus is the only way?” All but three were quick to agree. This was a secular university.
I responded, “I’m a follower of Jesus and I ask your forgiveness for others who name His name and use His words to condemn you. Jesus said He didn’t come into the world to condemn it. I’m sorry for the others who have done it in His name.”
That got their attention, so I continued, “It would be perfectly legitimate to feel offended at Jesus, if He was just a man and He said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’
But what if He was more than a man? What if He was the one who put 400 million stars in our galaxy and 400 million galaxies in our universe, and who knows how many more universes there are left to imagine? What if there was no philosophy good enough and no good work great enough to measure up to the standard of such a Being beyond our comprehension?
It would mean Jesus wasn’t being exclusive when He said He was the Way. It would mean He was being inclusive, making a way where we couldn’t make one on our own.”
God is God. There is no way to connect with Him without what Jesus did on the cross. Jesus made a way where there is no way.
Peterson puts it this way in his version of Romans 8:1-4 (The Message)
With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all.
Contact me if you’d like to talk more about beginning a relationship with God.