(These 2 were originally published around this time of year a couple of Decembers ago. They are deeply autobiographical & intensely personal. If you're still reading, please read them in sequence. If you have it in your mind that a professing Christian professor & Bible study teacher like myself has always been a man of great faith & academic success & good moral conduct...um, better cinch up your seatbelt before reading any further as there will be some turbulent air ahead. I republish these not because of scintillating writing nor profound theology contained therein; rather it's my hope & prayer that you will see the fingerprints of God and perhaps be encouraged about some bends & bumps in your own road.)
(Note: the 2 titles below are clickable links that take you to the specific blog entries)
36 years ago today, I abandoned the Christian faith.
It was right after we got home from Dad's funeral. (Dad died of a heart attack as a young 47-year-old)
I snuck out into the back yard, and literally shook my fist at the sky. I said "God, if this is what you're about, I quit! Leave me alone!"...
Grace in the Darkness
Having just pondered here a season of darkness for me, I wanted to illustrate how those days were not *all* dark. With a head fake too; you've been warned...*smile*
Almost immediately after renouncing my faith (or trying to...) some friends in town showed up within just a couple of days....
(Back to the present)
I wouldn't have chosen MANY aspects of this journey, but I am SO VERY THANKFUL for where it--and the God Who providentially orders it--have taken me!
Because He came & is coming again,