This link takes you to an article I wrote for Relevant Magazine that is published in their September/October 2009 issue. They wanted to “introduce me” to their readership, so half of the article is my background and the other half are a few key lessons I’ve learned along the way. One of the people who made a comment on Relevant’s site (PaulieB65) summed the article up well (and it needed to be summed up because as usual, the fighting began right from the first comment! Another not-so-subtle reminder of the ridiculously important bridge building work we’re doing!):
“That single moment encompassed more spiritual conviction than I had felt my entire life. For the first time, I knew what I needed to do—go back, apologize, and learn how to live and love. This was my chance for a countercultural love. It was tangible, and consisted of a RADICAL LOVE in which I was absolved from my own SELF-INFLICTED OPPRESSION by the cultural burdens I had placed upon MY PERCEPTIONS of what I thought was a good (i.e. “safe”) Christian life. I realized I could hold on to my theological beliefs and yet be the person of faith who I so boldly claimed myself to be. ”
The main point of the article. Capitalized Emphasis added. I (PaulieB65) feel like we were missing the point in these comments. That’s all, so here’s the reminder.
“Stick out like a sore thumb and humbly walk in the knowledge that God doesn’t only work when we know what the outcome is going to be.”
Good call PaulieB65!
Does anyone have any thoughts about the article?