This blog exists so I can write about my journey out of the Christian fundamentalist/evangelical world in a public way. I won’t necessarily be writing about that journey in an auto-biographical sense, although I may if it’s pertinent. It is more about noting what I am learning as I continue to make my way out of that world–the contrasts I now see from this divergence, this parting of the ways.
On a more personal note, I have served as the lead pastor in an Evangelical Church. Prior to college and seminary, I have been a paid Christian camp counselor and youth leader; I have served on a worship team, playing guitar; I have served as a deacon and elder; and, at one time or another, I have served in most volunteer roles common to evangelical churches. So I speak the language–I am very familiar with the fundamentalist/evangelical world. I grew up in that world.
I am a graduate of the University of San Francisco and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (Now Gateway). I am a part of a wonderful and beautiful gathering of Christians who meet in a private home. My wife and I live in Northern California where I now work in the private sector.
I have actually been blogging since 2008, but that was a mostly private blog arising out of a conversation with an atheist I met one day (and we still talk!). This blog is new and I actually see it as a ministry of sorts. I hope I can help and speak to those still in the fundamentalist world (and even parts of the evangelical world), who are searching and restless–who know there is something wrong, something that doesn’t quite line up with the Jesus they encounter in the Gospels.
My theological leanings now are a hybrid mix of Eastern Orthodoxy/Anglican/Reformed–a Christian mysticism to be sure. Yes, I live on the bridge, betwixt and between. I’m sort of homeless and in exile. Perhaps you are too. If so, I hope you find this blog helpful and encouraging. You are not alone.