A Brick in the Valley

About Chris Brauns

My blog is now at www.chrisbrauns.com . . .

Fundamentally, I am about this truth.  Following Christ is both right and best.

Following Christ is right.  God is God and he deserves our obedience and He alone is worthy of all glory.

Following Christ is best.  In Christ, we find maximum joy.

My central passion in life is, to be persuaded and to persuade others that following Christ is both right and best.  Borrowing from Piper, there is no tension between God’s glory and our joy.  God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. 

I have one wife (Jamie), four children (Allison, Christopher, Benjamin, and Mary Beth), and one dog (Mandy).

I am the Pastor at The Red Brick Church in Stillman Valley, IL.

My education is “diverse.”  I have a degree in chemistry from Central College (Pella, IA) and an MBA from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA).  In a former life I worked in product development in medical diagnostics for Bayer.   I wrote technical materials for new product development and worked in applied statistics, wore a lab coat and tried to act like I understood more chemistry than I ever did.

After leaving the corporate world, I graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.

Later I received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary having completed the preaching track under Haddon Robinson.  My doctoral thesis was a manual for helping pastoral search committees evaluate preaching.  (I am convinced this is a cruical area!)

I grew up on a farm in the Great State of Iowa near Keosauqua


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Just to let you know that my family and I are thinking of you often and praying for you regularly.

I am staying clean and sober and my marriage is getting stronger every day. The guilt from the dissapointment I caused last November is subsiding but still there. More than anything though, I miss the times of laughter and 1980’s reflection we share. I have a lot of hope and am looking forward to re-building the relationship with you that was going strong about a year ago.

Please continue to pray for me and mine and our AWANA family.

Here to serve,
Tom E.

Comment by Tom Eytalis


I noticed some of your comments over at Justin Taylor’s blog. Are you writing a book on ethics or on the psalms or bitterness? I am not sure I caught the point of the book you are working on.


James Grant

Comment by James Grant

Thanks for the question!

My book is, Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers to Complex Problems and Deep Wounds.

So, the central topic is forgiveness. Of course, I must deal with the related topics of whether or not forgiveness is conditional, bitterness, and at least indirectly the Imprecatory Psalms.

My thesis is only the Word of God can unpack forgiveness. The problems are too complex and the wounds are otherwise too deep.

This book will present the beauty of God’s grace and the necessity of forgiveness. But, it will also teach the reader that forgiveness must take place in a way that is consistent with justice. We must move beyond a “feel-good doctrine of automatic forgiveness.”

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Comment by Ws

Chris, thanks for the comment on my blog. I never thought anybody read it! I have enjoyed reading yours before – I think Justin Taylor linked to it (??) – and the post was excellent. I think it was on forgiveness and it was quite biblical and convicting.

Thanks for the encouragement in the Lord!


Comment by Britt

Thanks Britt. I subscribe to your feed – – RSS feed is the way to go – – I use Google Reader. So, I read every post that comes up on your blog. I even think of you when I come across the title for your blog in Scripture.

Comment by cdbrauns

Hey Chris!
Just checking in. I hope you’re doing well! =]

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