I’m Jack Mercer. I serve as pastor of College Park Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida. College Park Baptist Church is an urban church just outside Orlando’s city center. The church is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We run between 350 and 400 in worship for all you pastor types who may be curious. If you’d like to know more about CPBC, you can do so by going to the church’s website at www.mycpbc.org.
Wild Saints is my personal blog. It is intended to help the church I pastor, along with other Christians, pursue Jesus with passion. My blog posts will focus on issues ranging from spirituality, culture, and the church’s role in an increasingly post-Christian society.
Also, I’m fairly certain I’ll wander off the trail occasionally. So you’re also sure to see the occasional post that intrigues me personally without connection to Christianity or the church. Just wanted to give you a heads up. But regardless my hope is Wild Saints will start more than a few interesting conversations.
My goal currently is to post two times a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. And every now and then I’ll post a third time randomly. If you get intrigued by Wild Saints, you can subscribe via RSS or email. If Wild Saints grows in popularity, I will accept a limited amount of advertising.
I’ve been a pastor for over three decades. I served pastorates in rural Kentucky, the metropolitan New York area, and university communities in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Harrisonburg, Virginia. Over the years I’ve watched the culture dramatically shift to post-Christian. As a result, I’ve become convinced that bringing the gospel to a post-Christian culture is imperative and to do that both individual Christians and churches must adapt in style if not in substance. It would also help if Christians could distinguish a bit better between the two.
You may be wondering what kind of Baptist I am. It depends. I’ve served as the moderator of CBFVA and served on the national coordinating council of CBF. I affirm the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message, and I affirm the Apostle’s Creed. I sometimes describe myself as an Evangelical. Yet, at the end of the day, I’d like to be known simply as a Christian. My point being I’m not a liberal Christian, conservative Christian, red-letter Christian, progressive Christian, main-line Christian, Charismatic Christian, reformed Christian or any other type of Christian. Early Baptists were quite content just to be Christians until others started calling them Baptists. Just being called a Christian works for me as well.
I have been married to my wife, Sandy, for thirty-eight years. We have two daughters, one grandson, one granddaughter, and one granddog. We live in College Park, a neighborhood of Orlando, Florida.
In my free time I enjoy reading, golfing, following Vanderbilt sports, especially football. Oh, yes I do watch both The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey. Wrap your grey cells around that dichotomy.
This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer, College Park Baptist Church. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.
Wild Saints is a blog devoted to exploring ideas. Therefore, spirited conversations are both welcomed and encouraged. That said, there are a few guidelines for keeping the conversation civil.
So here is the comments policy for Wild Saints. By posting on my blog, nope this is not a CPBC’s blog, you agree to the following:
1. You may comment without registering. You can log-in via Twitter, Facebook—or not at all. It’s up to you.
2. You may not post anonymously. I debated this decision and may revisit it. However, nothing fries my grits more than snarky Christians, or anyone else for that matter, hiding behind anonymity. You say it; you own it.
3. You may post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Others are likely thinking similarly. Therefore, I would rather receive your comments on my blog than via email. It is a better use of my time to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar emails.
4. You may disagree with me. I welcome debate. However, I ask that if you disagree with me—or anyone else, for that matter—do so in a way that is respectful. Nuff said.
5. I reserve the right to delete your comments. Again this is my personal blog not a blog of CPBC. I don’t have an obligation to publish your comments. The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog not mine. Specifically, I will delete your comments if you post something that is, in my sole opinion, (a) snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, bullyragging or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.
6. You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
7. You grant me a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.
In short, my aim is to further the conversation both among members of CPBC, CBF, and in both the broader Christian community and community at large. I believe this simple comments policy will facilitate this.