I first met Christina (pronounced Criss-sty-nah) in August of 2012. We had been chatting on an online dating site, and found that we had a lot in common. We were both very spiritual people (she was Roman Catholic, a part of the Franciscan order); both of us were interested in social justice; both of us […]Read more "A Long, Strange Trip, Part Six: My Relationship with Christina and the Ann Arbor Vineyard (2012-2013)"
The year after I finished seminary wasn’t an easy one. Unable to afford rent in Chicago, I had to move back in with my parents. They were very graceful about this, and let me stay with them for quite a while; but this was the second time I had to move back since college, and […]Read more "A Long, Strange Trip, Part Five: The Post-Seminary Years (2008-2012)"
My seminary experience was nothing like I thought it would be. I thought that when I arrived I would fit right in with the other “theology geeks,” but found that I was just as much an outsider in this community as any other. I arrived at McCormick having a basically conservative theological and moral worldview: […]Read more "A Long, Strange Trip, Part Four: My Seminary Experience (2005-2007)"
I was almost 19 years old when I first accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. It happened at a summer camp for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the summer after my freshman year in college. At the time, I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into. I believed there was a God who had created […]Read more "A Long Strange Trip, Part Three: The “Young Adult” Years (1998-2004)"
My teenage years weren’t easy for me; though from what I hear, this is the case for most people. As a teenager, I did not fit in well with my peers. I was a “nerd,” and that was before being a nerd was a respectable thing. Though I did have a couple friends, I was […]Read more "A Long Strange Trip: My Spiritual Journey from 1978-2015 (Part Two: My teenage years)"
I don’t remember too many of my childhood experiences with religion. I know that my family went to church most weeks, and that I was baptized as a young child at First United Methodist Church in Jackson, Michigan. I know this because I have been told; I don’t remember the experience at all. My earliest […]Read more "A Long Strange Trip: My Spiritual Journey from 1978-2015 (Part One – Childhood)"