Hello again, my friends. It is time to kick off another exciting week of whatever it is you do.
First of all, congrats to the winners of our drawing last week, Frank and Collin! Their amazing skills at being randomly selected from a pool of contestants mean that they will be enjoying Leonard Sweet’s Nudge and SoulArize Vol. 2 (the secret prize.)
I’m kicking off the week by asking you three more questions to assist me with my off the record writing project. I have been absolutely amazed at the variety of responses to the questions I have asked previously. It is amazingly humbling and challenging to me to hear stories from all of you which are so different from mine. Today, I’ve got some big questions to ask.
Here we go. Answer one or all three as you wish…
1. Everyone has some kind of beef with the church. I make light of those criticisms regularly here. What is your personal biggest disappointment or disagreement with where the church is headed? (Your own home church, or the church altogether.)
2. Why, despite having huge disappointments with the church, have you stuck around or kept your faith?
3. If you no longer consider yourself a Christian, or you are a Christian, but you are “wandering” without a church, why is that? Is your life better without church in your life?
You know, for me, I’ve had massive disappointments and pain caused to me by people who considered themselves Christians, even church leaders. I think what kept me in church was almost a blindingly determined attitude that those people were not going to steal anything more from me than they had already. They would not be vindicated by my faltering in faith.
Ah, but enough about me. I really want to hear answers to all three, but I think I’ll be a bit short on the third question. If you know anyone who would be able to answer any of these, get them over here to leave a comment! And hey, if you missed the other questions, you can find them here and here.