Hello. I’m Jay.

I’m not anyone of any importance, but sometimes, I like to make my opinions known. Other times I like to write music. Most of the time, in fact. But more on that later.

If you’ve made it to my little corner of the Internet, it’s probably because you either know me personally (or on Facebook), or someone happened to share one of my articles with you. If you’re the rare person who stumbled here accidentally, then I greet you with an especial welcome. What I do is not hard to discern, but since you’re here, I might as well give an explanation.

I was born in 1998 to two very loving parents, in Tucson, Arizona. I’ve lived here my whole life, and never really thought of moving anywhere else. I have three younger brothers, and two dogs, too.¬†We’ve lived all over this dusty little city, enjoying the monsoon rains every summer and the exceptionally mild winters. But wherever we are, we always call it home.

I am a Reformed evangelical Christian. What does that mean, exactly? “Reformed” and “evangelical” are adjectives that describe the term “Christian.” Indeed, first and foremost, I am a Christian. This means I believe that Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, who was God in human flesh, lived a perfect life and died a gruesome death to save me from my sins. He was raised to life on the third day, and ascended into heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding on behalf of his people here on earth. Second, to be “evangelical” is to believe and proclaim that very gospel, the “good news” (evangel) of salvation. In my mind, while there are different shades of meaning, to be Christian is to be evangelical, and to be evangelical is to be Christian. Third, I am Reformed, which means in my worship and in the practice of my faith, I follow the great tradition that grew from the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. I believe the Reformed tradition to be nearest to what the Bible, God’s Word, proclaims concerning those truths.

I am also a musician. I began piano lessons at the age of 9, and continued for 7 years. After a brief 2 year hiatus, I once again began lessons, this time at my university. I also sing quite a bit. But more than anything I love to write music. Currently, I am a music composition major at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California, hoping to graduate in the spring of 2020. It is my passion to see Jesus Christ honored in all areas of my life, especially in my music. Many of the compositions I write are on sacred themes or texts, but even for those that have secular texts, I strive for excellency. My Lord deserves nothing less than my best.

What exactly do I do here? This website started as a simple blog, a place to collect my thoughts and musings on various topics related to theology, which is the study of God and the Bible. Anyone who wanted to could read what I thought. I have some opinions that are surely controversial these days, and I’ve provoked some rather heated discussions. I aim to be respectful and understanding when interacting with people who disagree; such was not always the case, but I like to think I’ve matured since this blog began. Nowadays, this website is not only a blog, but a place for me to share my music with all of you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

If you’d like to connect with me on a more personal level, either leave a comment on one of my blog posts, or message me on Facebook by pushing the button at the bottom of the page to get to my profile. You can also send me an email at jay.nelsestuen@gmail.com. If you’re really old fashioned (</sarcasm>), I hang out often in Dr. James White’s #prosapologian IRC channel, which you can learn more about here. There’s plenty of folks to talk to there.

Take a look around the site to see if there’s anything you like. If you’ve made it this far, you’re obviously committed. I applaud you. Ciao!

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