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Where To Begin

Well where do I start? I guess I should start off by saying that the purpose of this blog is more for me to put down into words my thoughts and feelings about the church, Christianity and all that surrounds it. I really don’t have a plan for this blog or have any idea where I want it to go. I’m one of those people who often finds it good to talk things out and to verbalize my thoughts and opinions in order to get to a solution or deeper understanding of what is going on.

So by writing this I’m talking things out with myself. If by chance someone is reading this and feels that they want to comment please do so. Although I want to stress that I’m not doing this to be preached at, get into theological debates or hear any of the customary “churchy” stuff. 

I grew up in the church from a very early age and have been to a number of churches, evangelical, traditional churches and “seeker friendly” churches. I’ve been on mission trips to a number of countries. I’ve seen healings and miracles and “signs and wonders”. I’ve been to some of the “big revivals” that North America has seen. So needless to say I have had a very broad “Christian” experience and my ramblings that are going to happen here are from my experiences in the church.

I’m currently not involved in the church for a variety of reasons. And I have had a number of “Christians” try to convince why I need to get re-involved in the church without a real understanding of who I am and why I’m not in the church at this point in time. If you are one of those people I understand where you are coming from, but you also need to understand where I’m coming from as well. Yes, I know that Christians are just people too and that they aren’t perfect. I don’t expect them to be. Heck, I’m not perfect far from it. But to be honest, I’m tired of hearing the same old stuff over-and-over again, quoting scripture and sermons I grew up with. I’ve heard it and to be honest I’ve probably preached it myself a time or two as well. (Yes believe it or not I’ve had the “pleasure” of standing in front of a congregation or two in my day.)

I’m not looking for others to give me the answers here. I’m not “crying out” for help. I’m simply putting my thoughts into words. Yes, I’m going to post my blogs on Facebook and they are open for the world to see, but this is as much for me as it is for anyone else. Maybe someone else will read this and it will help them. I don’t know, but for a while now I’ve had these thoughts going through my head and felt the need to “discuss” them, and in this venue, I can voice my opinion freely.

So, if you’ve made it this far, I hope that you stick around for more posts to come. And, hey, let me know you’ve read this post and leave me a note.

  1. December 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

    “writting”? You’re writing scripture?

    • December 28, 2010 at 9:37 am

      Not sure what you are asking. I may at some point quote scripture, but have no intention of “writing scripture.” Thanks for the typo correction.

  2. Rebecca O'Hara
    December 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Hey Eric! Glad to see that you are taking the time to write about your thoughts, we should all take some time to contemplate and understand the meaning of things at different times in our lives! Would love to hear more though about all your reasons for not being involved right now and how it has effected or changed your relationship with God any? positive/negative? Good start….keep it up!

  3. December 29, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Midwinter spring is its own season
    Sempiternal though sodden towards sundown,
    Suspended in time, between pole and tropic.
    – T.S. Elliot

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks for inviting me to this blog. I hope that putting some of your thoughts down will be a meaningful experience for you. I look forward to reading them. Four years ago I don’t think I would have understood where you are coming from. I am sure that I still don’t completely understand, but hopefully reading some of what you write will be a learning experience for me.

    Four years ago was when I started reading InternetMonk.com. The author Michael Spencer was a Southern Baptist Pastor, who’s wife had converted to Roman Catholicism. He too had no church to call home. His blog became a community for those who were or are in what he calls a “wandering in a post-evangelical wilderness.” I would encourage you to visit, lurk, and even contribute to the discussion going on there. Perhaps it will help you with some ideas as you write your own blog.

    Good luck with your blog, I really look forward to what you have to write.

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