Saturday, December 17, 2011

On Finding God at a Punk Rock Show

Admin note: This was going to be titled "On Finding God in a Hardcore Show" but I thought that might draw the wrong audience.  :)

I find God in places many might consider...unorthodox.

When I was 18 years old, I found God in a tent in the middle of an oppressively hot July evening on a pig farm in Bushnell, IL.  It was Cornerstone 2000, and the tent housed the stage where one of my favorite bands of all time, hopesfall, were finishing up a powerful set with the song "Broken Heart of a Traitor."  The air was thick with a mixture of sweat and anticipation as they began to thunder through seven minutes that would have a profound impact on the rest of my life.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On Doubt or "Why I Don't Feel Safe in Church"

This is a short one, because I don't want to come off as a cranky old curmudgeon, but be warned, it is a rant.

//Rant Initiated

It's not because I doubt that I don't feel safe in church, it's because I fear how the church will react to my sincere doubt and honest questioning.

I have been called a skeptic, cynic, heretic, rabblerouser (my personal favorite) and all kinds of other names.  I have been asked to leave churches, asked to keep quiet, and more often than not, censored myself in "church settings" and around "church people."  I have lost friends.  I have alienated others and been alienated by yet others.

All for the "sin" of doubt.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On Love as a Pre-Bedtime Dance Party

My head and heart have been heavy lately, but instead of dumping all of that on the four of you, I thought I'd lighten things up a bit and give you a little glimpse into my life.
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