A few years ago, just after I Sold My Soul on eBay came out, a pastor at Willow Creek, a megachurch outside of Chicago, invited me to come onstage with him and have a discussion about my experience visiting churches and meeting Christians. There was a lot I liked and didn’t like (that went well beyond just belief in a God). It wasn’t a debate. We weren’t there to score points. And I really enjoyed my time there.
I also appreciated how the pastor let the audience know that, when they met me afterwards, there was nothing they could say that I hadn’t heard many, many times before, so they should show some respect by not trying to convert me
That pastor, Randy Frazee, is now a pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and he invited me to his church to have a similar sort of discussion this weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes, considering that it’s been years since our last public discussion and my views on churches are probably not as generous as they may have been in the past.
There are four services (Saturday at 5:00p and Sunday at 8:15a, 9:45a, and 11:30a) and if you’ve never stepped foot in a large church before, this is as good an excuse as any to do it! If you can’t make it, it’ll be available online afterwards.
While I’m in Texas, I’ll also be doing an event with the San Antonio Coalition of Reason at The Radius on Saturday night starting at 7:30p. You can find more details here or on Facebook. So if church isn’t your thing, hopefully this is a good alternative!
Either way, see you in Texas.