On this date 12 years ago I started a blog with some friends. It was narrowly focused on how the culture had shifted and how the church might adapt. Specifically our little corner of the church. It seems like a lifetime ago.
I’ve had a lot of contact lately with people that consider themselves in the midst of deconstructing or having had deconstructed their faith. I relate to much of what I’m hearing. I struggle with the concept of deconstruction when I think of myself. Many of them have been atheists or still consider themselves to be. My belief system was never that binary. I think it first came to my awareness on a summer day in 1998.
In summer of 1998 I decided to grow my faith differently. My wife and I were visiting my Mom for the weekend. That Sunday we went to the church that my Mom still attends, the church I grew up in. (Some of you reading this still attend there.) It was near the end of worship. I looked around and noticed almost everyone really immersed in the moment. I could feel the Holy Spirit in my bones, yet I paused. As I scanned the sanctuary I said to myself “This isn’t for me.” In the moment I felt guilty about that. As we drove home that afternoon I was reflecting about that experience. I realized then, the type of church I grew up in was not designed for me. Yet because of this mystical sensation that God was there with us I couldn’t throw out the church et al. This set me on a path to explore what new ways we could live into the teachings of Jesus in community. I’m still on the trajectory.
There are many reasons that I have not had to completely strip away my faith. Maybe in the future I can share that journey in more detail. It was that summer day in Lansing Michigan that was pivotal in my construction. I’d rather speak of faith in more organic terms. The seeds of my faith began to germinate into something new. I’ve done some pruning along the way, but I have’t had to cut the whole thing down. When I need to I’ll graft new beliefs in and prune some shriveled beliefs off. This is how organisms grow, in that respect I am no different. I’ll do what I can to share some of that process with you.
I couldn’t let the anniversary of that blog launch to pass by without a post. By the way, here’s a link to the first post. Enjoy, I did as I reread it today.
Thanks for stopping by. Be uncommon.