Agabus.com is a theological blog named for the New Testament prophet Agabus (Acts 11:28 and 21:10). This blog is a private effort, written and maintained by Mark Adams (that’s me). By “forging a new fundamentalism” I mean to distinguish between the essentials and non-essentials of Christian faith: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things charity.” At the core of Christianity is Jesus Christ who draws all people to himself — Jesus Christ is Christian unity. Our aim should be agreement in the essentials, liberty in the non-essentials, and a whole lot of grace in between.
I offer the Apostles’ Creed as my statement of faith.
To contact me, e-mail at mark (at) agabus (dot) net.
I am a fundamentalist in that I believe in the inspiration of scripture, the deity of Christ, blood atonement, the virgin birth and miracles. I do not believe fundamentalism should extend beyond essentials. Nor do I set artificial parameters around faith. True Christianity — authentic Christianity (or as C.S. Lewis would say, mere Christianity) — is Christ himself; it is not a set of ideas one subscribes to but Christ himself — God incarnate.
My interests include ancient church history, general theology, Christian mysticism (as distinguished from other forms of religious mysticism), and fundamentalism (or “essentialism”).
I am a graduate of Bethany College (1997), having earned a baccalaureate degree in English literature and a minor in Bible and Theology. I am also an elder at Mountain Bible Church in Los Gatos, California. Previously, I served as the church’s youth pastor (1997 to 2012). Professionally, I am an English teacher at James Lick High School in East San Jose.
I’ve documented a large part of those experiences on my photo page, which can be found at http://flickr.com/photos/agabus. I’m also on Facebook (username: agabus). My music — I compose folk songs — can be found at GospelDays.com or WanderingPoet.com.