Howdy, I'm curious as to what denomination/camp really fits me best, and I thought there could be some filial wisdom here. The more I know about and read them, I LOVE most puritan writers and thinkers, but not exclusively...I love things about Luther and Calvin (and myriad others of reformed times) but not all by any means. I'm "Calvinist" if what you mean by that is God is completely sovereign, that I know I'm pretty awful but redeemed b/c of Him and not me, He is in control of everything, and will be glorified always no matter what. So I'm "reformed" but not sure what camp I fit in exactly. I go to Southern Seminary (starting 2nd of 6 year family/married/working-man plan) and only really have lived as a devoted follower of God about 3 years now, so I have limited amounts of time in reading and education. I definitely don't agree with all the SBC traditions, but found it to be mostly agreeable. I considered Dallas Theological Seminary, but I hate Dallas and it seemed pricey. I considered Westminster and Covenant....but I'm not a Presbyterian leaning person from what I know (grew up going to a SBC church) and definitely don't agree with paedo-baptism after studying the subject....but I loved their work with the ESV study bible; same with Reformed Theological Seminary about paedo. So with limited knowledge about all seminaries, cost factors, and liking some books by some of their staff, I picked Southern. After initially wanting to leave after one semester (talked out of it by couple mentors) I'm glad I'm here and know God brought me here. I also don't believe in "covenant" theology necessarily, at least in terms of it being used to justify baptizing babies (again, forgive me but this may be limited understanding). To be blunt, I'm not 100% sure what covenant theology precisely is, especially versus dispensationalism.....end times/eschatology is not a thing I have studied yet at school or in life with limited free time with work and family taking up so much of my life(appropriately so), so I'm still working on that topic. Ok, all that being said, here's some more dividing/defining lines I can see being helpful (sorry for sporadic-ness of thoughts here). And when I say "see ya" I mean only in terms of where I settle/see myself agreeing most with, zero condemnation truly, just trying to figure our where I fit, and I know some just won't on these issues. *Also not expecting a "perfect" church, just want to be most aligned. (thanks for putting up with LONG post and my ramblings, please read on): -I like the KJV but use ESV/NASB pretty exclusively. I think the KJV is beautiful and strong, but just not for me as primary. (see ya Independent or Fundamental churches/baptist churches) -I want to be a pastor-theologian one day. -I believe only believers should be baptized, but don't condemn others for believing in paedobaptism. (still, see ya most conservative Presbyterian churches) -I believe alcohol should be enjoyed as a good gift from God, but not to be abused; but nor should it be banned like Southern does. (possibly see ya many SBC churches, although the more I know, most SBC staff/pastors drink responsibly...so there's that) -I believe in right exegesis of scripture, NOT eisegesis, esp in sermons. (see ya "liberal" denoms) -I like music with instruments, hate most "christian" modern songs, and love hymns more...but prefer ultimately a balance. I love Sufjan Stevens version of "Come Thou Fount" for example. (see ya Church of Christ) -Pastors should be men (see ya most Episcopal/Methodist churches in America and "liberal" denoms) -marriage is one man and one woman (see above) -I don't think Saturday is the holy day (see ya 7th day adventist church - at least from my understanding of them, that's a dividing line that's not for me) -I feel sorry for and completely disagree with seeker friendly churches, man-centered theology, and think many churches are just social clubs. (see ya so many nondenom churches) -I also think charismatics have great community aspects, but disagree with the way most if not all Pentecostal churches worship (see ya Assemblies of God, Pentecostals, etc) -the prosperity gospel IS NOT the biblical gospel So......that's about most of what I can come up with. I know a little about Reformed Baptists, but again not convinced it's right if they do paedo/covenant theology. Also not sure if I'm amillennial, postmil, etc.....I'm reformed, conservative, exegetical in nature, want to submit to Scripture and not myself, want lively but orderly worship, community where people serve/disciple/love one another but aren't legalistic jerks either. And that's something that bugs me about many SBC churches....great preaching and theology, but terrible worship and practical living out....too many are "jerks". So, I need help....what am I?