The Beautiful Tension is a blog for the church that serves five aims:

Make much of Christ. The efforts of this blog are in vain if not motivated by a supreme desire to proclaim the surpassing worth of Christ. Prayerfully, this blog will serve to proclaim Him in word in such a way that stirs His people to proclaim Him in word and deed in every sphere of life.

Provide a connecting point. We all share the human experience. And in Christ, we share the experience of being remade fully human. This experience is a beautiful yet sometimes maddening tapestry of relationship, vocation, art, science, recreation, rest, politics, economics and theology. We all interact with the majestic and mundane things of life, and this blog is purposed to orient the people of God around the shared experience of being remade fully human in Christ.

Extend encouragement. One of the goals of a common orientation around the shared experience of being remade fully human in Christ is to offer encouragement to one another. Whether in seasons of joy or sadness, gain or loss, clarity or confusion, we can and should walk with one another as heralds of the hope of the gospel. This blog aims to be an instrument through which the great balm of the gospel can meet you where you are.

Provoke prayerful thought. In the midst of a myriad of opinions and persuasions propagated by our culture, it is necessary for the redeemed people of God to prayerfully and wisely engage the ideas and arguments of culture. If we are to continue in our being remade fully human in Christ, we must give thought to how the Scriptures judge the prevailing ideas of our day and command the people of God to live in our present circumstance. This blog will be a forum in which such biblically-grounded thought can take place.

Encourage mission. Right (biblical) thinking about the things of God, ourselves and the culture around us will fuel mission. The end of our redemption in Christ and of our shared experience of being remade fully human in Him is participation with Him and with one another in His mission of renewing all things. There is a part for you to play in this mission whether you are a stay at home mom, janitor, pastor, teacher, construction worker or financial analyst. Prayerfully, this blog will both encourage and equip you to participate in the mission of God with the people of God for the glory of God.

The Beautiful Tension was launched by:

Brandon Garrett. Brandon is husband to Emily and father to Elizabeth Ann, Whittaker, Olivia & Elijah. He launched and leads Village Network, a network of neighborhood house churches that began in Stone Mountain Village, east of Atlanta.

You can contact The Beautiful Tension at contact(at)thebeautifultension.com.