Faith History and Beliefs

Bryce was raised in a Non-Denominational protestant church and attended a Free Methodist and Wesleyan university where he received an introduction to formal theological training. During university, he attended services at a variety of Christian traditions, including Free Methodist, United Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, non-denominational, and Progressive. As of 2020, Bryce attends a Nazarene church. In name, Bryce identifies as a “Nomadic Christian” sampling and employing Christian theology and practices from a wide array of sources, and is particularly drawn to Anabaptism, specifically as it is practiced by the Mennonite USA church. The following beliefs flow out of a core belief in the Trinity; salvation provided to all through Jesus’ death, and willingly accepted by a believer who repents for their sin; community with the Saints and fellow living believers; and eternal life for believers that is eternally available for unrepentant souls through escapist theology. Bryce’s theological work is rooted in 4 E’s:


Bryce is fully LGBTQ affirming (e.g., Romans 8:38-39; Isaiah 54:5) but also believes that queer people should be able to speak for themselves as individuals who can have a personal relationship to and revelation with the Divine (e.g., Matthew 7:7-12). As such, Side A/B/X/Y discourse offers more harm than good. Queer believers should be encouraged to seek out multiple ways of integrating faith and queerness, spend time in conversation with the Godhead and the Spirit, and submit obediently to the call God has for their life as an individual. The Church should seek to make space for coupled, queer believers, and celibate singles. Bryce also believes that women should be represented at every level of ministry, as they were in Jesus’ day (e.g., John 20; Luke 8). Christians should seek to make the God more inclusive; not more restrictive. All image-bearers should pursue God’s plans for them.


Bryce believes that the Church should take careful care to only give Caesar what is Caesar’s (Mark 12:17). He is drawn to Anabaptist apolitical identities, but also believes in the tangible reality that politics play in the lives of the marginalized. Christians are called to act justly and demonstrate mercy (Micah 6:8) both of which require political awareness and activism against tyrannical forces (e.g., Exodus 5:1; Acts 5:9). However, the Christian’s primary empire of residence is in the Kingdom of God (e.g., Psalm 33:12; Philippians 3:20; Revelation 7:9-10). Christians should advocate for peace and harmony among all image bearers (Genesis 1:26-28), and should prioritize unity over tribalism (e.g., Titus 3:9; 1 Peter 2:17; Galatians 3:28).


Christians should seek to share the Good News of God’s redemptive plan for humanity (Matthew 28:16-20). This includes active atonement and repentance for the harm the Church has inflicted upon the earth through genocide, colonization, judgment, gossip, and nationalism, among other sins. The Church should seek to be in the world, among the people it deems sinners (e.g., John 17; Acts 17:23) and should seek to evangelize through acceptance, rather than force (e.g., Acts 17:23). It should not protest Christian persecution, but should rather rejoice in it (e.g., Matthew 5:12). The Church is the single greatest stumbling block to the masses receiving Jesus’ grace and freedom and has to get out of its own way (e.g., Mark 13:11).


As a developmentalist, Bryce believes that faith should be life-long. Christians should seek to worship God with their entire being (Matthew 22:37) and look to multiple epistemologies to learn about a God that defies expectations of time and space (e.g., Genesis 1:2; Revelation 21:6). Christians should seek to learn from others as they pursue God. Thus, faith should always be evolving as beliefs are tested and retested (1 John 4:1).

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