Why the Blog?
The internet contains many different worlds, and in these worlds there are many opportunities that people may use to interact. People interact by selling, buying, talking, or reading but my chief goal in the use of the internet and more specifically, this blog is for the glories of the cross. This blog also exists to inform others of posts I do that are related to the Gospel. So my hope in maintaining this personal blog is for you, the reader, to enjoy the Gospel and the beauties of it, hence the name, Gospel-Centered Musings. May you learn more of the Gospel, and fall in love with it more deeply everyday.
Over the most recent years, having the time to continue to write on a constant basis for the blog has not come as easy as it once was during my seminary years. That is why I have combined the theology content of the blog with using it as a personal blog of my family as well. That said, for whatever reason you read my blog, may you enjoy doing so.
Who Am I?
My name is Michael Marion Dewalt and I was born in Norwalk, Ohio on May 19th, 1984. A little over a year later after I was born, my father walked away from my mother and me. Within a year, my mother and father were divorced and by the time I was five in 1989, the process of my adoption had begun. At the age of six, by God’s wonderful grace, my grandparents (on my mother’s side) adopted me and together with my mother raised me. While raising me, my mother saw that it was very important for her child to attend church. I still do not know why my family pushed for me to attend church, but I most certainly know that in June of 1989, I heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time in my life. I was young and had never heard it before, but yet I saw my sin, my shame, and my need for repentance. I there saw that I needed Jesus Christ as my Savior over the sin that ruled in my life. As a little boy sitting outside of that church on the front steps, I knew that I wanted to follow Jesus. For the next 6 to 7 years I continued to grow and follow the Lord in obedience showing fruit, which flowed from my love for Christ and from constantly learning the Gospel.
Later, during my Junior High years, I became troubled and fell into a life pattern of constant sin, which continued throughout my High-school years. During this time I struggled with constant conviction, but just wanted to live for myself in not following the commands given in the Scriptures. It was later in my life, during my first year of college in New York at Word of Life that I began to come back to the wisdom of the Scriptures and follow Jesus Christ once again. From there, I transferred to Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit Pennsylvania and double majored in Bible and Camping Ministries. I began to study God’s word more intensely, learning, seeing, and savoring the Gospel deeper and greater than I had ever before. I came to know a true assurance of my faith and that I was to serve Jesus Christ in the knowledge of what the Gospel had saved me from, namely, sin. After I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from BBC, I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan for graduate studies at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. There earned a Master of Arts in Religion in Theological Studies under Dr. Joel Beeke and a Master of Theology in Biblical Theology under Dr. Gerald Bilkes.
What Am I Doing?
I serve as Director of Admissions and Professor at Faith Theological Seminary, tutor of Bible Survey, Hermeneutics, and Logic at Granite Classical Tutorials and teach Theology at Helping Up Mission. I live in Bel Air, Maryland with my wife Emily and son Wyatt.