In the name of Jesus Christ, I grant you a sign of peace.

My name is Shane Montoya, and I’m an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. I’m currently serving the Miami Shores Community Church, in Miami Shores, Florida.

This is a home for my sermons, devotionals, musings, ramblings, and other types of writing. Generally, I’ll be writing about Christianity, but might also venture into nerd things, and the intersection of Christianity and nerd things.

A little bit about where I’m coming from theologically and socially:

I’m progressive: I believe that the church (and society) has a special duty for the poor and marginalized.  This includes having a religious faith that affirms all humans as beloved children of God and worthy of dignity and respect, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.

I’m orthodox: I generally hold to the historic Christian doctrines of faith, especially as expressed through the ancient creeds, such as the Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds, especially as understood by the insights of the protestant reformers.

I’m reformed: I’m part of the very broad movement of “reformed” Christians, born out of the Protestant Reformations in the 16th centuries, but which has evolved and been grappled with ever since.  This movement emphasizes the magnificent saving power of God’s grace, especially compared to our works.