About me and this blog

My name is Max Aplin, and I have been a Christian for more than 30 years.

The aim of this blog is for me to share some of my thoughts on the Christian faith.

Most of the posts are intended for readers who are Christians.  I really want to see the church of Jesus Christ live out biblical Christianity without compromising or following unhelpful traditions.  And so a majority of the posts have this as the goal.

A few of the posts are intended for non-Christians.  I believe firmly that Jesus is the only way to God and the only way to avoid His judgment after death.  And so I try in some posts to persuade people of the truth of the Christian faith.

In 2 Timothy 2:15 the apostle Paul instructs Timothy:

‘Make every effort to present yourself to God as someone who is approved, as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.’

In this verse ‘rightly handling’ translates a participle form of the Greek verb orthotomeo. Because it is my aim in this blog to rightly handle the word of truth, I think of myself as an orthotometist, or at least as someone who is trying to be an orthotometist. Hence the name of the blog.

I have a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Edinburgh, and many of the posts include some low-level technical analysis of biblical passages.  However, readers without any technical knowledge should easily be able to follow what I am saying.

I am a British national, and I live in the south of Scotland.