My name is Paul Pavao. I'm married, and I have six children.
I'm 48 (in 2009), and I've had a good life already. I am grateful to God, who has blessed me to find so much that I have looked for.
The thing that matters most to me in the whole world is the Church. By "church," I don't mean a named denomination. I mean the people who possess the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus Christ, who have wholly committed themselves to him, and who have banded together as the family God has made them to be.
The apostle Paul once said, "I am persuaded of this, that he who has begun a good work in you will continue it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Php. 1:6).
We can't really say that anymore. In America, at least 80% of those who "accept Jesus" fall away within five years. Many of the rest sit in a pew week by week and grow bored with Jesus Christ.
My son Noah's graduation speech
This is incomprehensible because Jesus Christ strung out quadrillions of stars across billions of light years of space, then came to live in a human body.
That's not boring!
To say the least.
Today, we can't be persuaded of what the apostle Paul was persuaded about because we don't preach what he preached.
Like Jesus, his Master, he taught people to give up their lives and join together into a family with one heart, one mind, and intent on one purpose. A family that loves each other so much that they would give up their excess possessions and money to take care of one another.
That family, to Paul, is "the household of God, the pillar and foundation of the truth."
In that family, every person experiences grace and transformation from Jesus Christ.
I've seen it. And I get to keep seeing it every day.
A dear friend and mentor once told me, "We're not responsible for truth, but we are responsible for honesty."
Honesty matters to me. If I were going to give any qualification for what I write on this site, it would be that I am honest.
Nothing on this site is made up. I haven't written anything out of wishful thinking, merely hoping that what I write will be convincing. No, if I wrote it on this site, then I have researched it, and I honestly believe—for good reasons that I will give you—that there is solid evidence for it.
I will tell you why without lying, being tricky, or withholding information.
That's me. I don't have anything else to add to that. Feel free to use the contact me form if you have comments.
Please refrain from "flaming" me. You won't accomplish anything by that. If you're polite, or even reasonable in any way, then your comments matter to me. I pay attention to what's said to me.
I've always said that the way to win every argument is to switch sides if you're losing. I've been on both sides of many of the issues addressed on this site. I try very hard to settle on the side that Truth and honesty reside.
So if you've got a truth, some clear thinking, some evidence, and some honesty, then fire away!