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Life does throw us some curveballs. Six months ago I was an intern in the campus ministry of the Fort Collins Christian Church, a member of the International Churches of Christ, a fairly isolated conservative group(despite what you may read about them on the web, they are a solid group of Christians, full of love and integrity, but more on them later). After a rough first semester when I had no idea what I was doing and questioning what possible good I could be as a leader, I was finally feeling confident in my role and ready to help build a strong ministry. And then something-fate or God or some other force- intervened in my life. Ideas that challenged the core of my conservative Christianity dominated my mind, and increasingly my prayers and reading. Over several months I made the decision to leave my church and search out at first liberal and progressive Christian churches and if I didn’t find answers there, who knows.
I hope to continue this blog to chronicle my journey and ask serious questions about what it means to live a 21st century life that is conscious of and responsive to a higher power. The religious world is full of people who have been hurt by the conservative Christian world and are bitter towards God, religion, or other Christians. Before this year, I felt that either the bible was true and Jesus physically lived, died, and then rose again, or there could be no God, no religion, and no purpose. These things do not need to be our reality. If you are(or know someone else who is) going through the challenges of leaving a conservative Christian background or are wondering how one lives a spiritual life in what seems to be a secular-humanist world I hope I can offer some encouragement and a travel log from a fellow traveler.-Please comment and offer your thoughts and questions.
“How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?”- Woody Allen