I was raised in a Southern Baptist church. Everyone who knows me says one phrase about me “Allen is quiet”. I am the type of person who quietly sits in meetings, but in the end I am the one who gets things done. Over my life I have probably tried most every role in the church, even at one point becoming an ordained elder in a church start that became one of the largest and fastest growing churches in our area.
The “successful” church start actually was the final trigger that led me to a spiritual crisis. I never questioned the existence of God, but I questioned the type of Christianity I was being fed. I started searching through the history of the Church for answers. I have examined dozens of movements and denominations throughout the 2000+ year history of the church. I have looked at Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Calvinistic, Plymouth Brethren, Methodist, Baptist, and the Pentecostal movements. I have spent a great deal of time and thought comparing the history of Christianity to the current style of Christianity typically taught in evangelical United States based churches. This blog is a story of my reflections.
For my current status, I have found a home in a Lutheran church associated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). I haven’t actually joined yet, because my wife is not yet ready. I think she believes I will change my mind again, but I believe I am settled. I don’t agree with everything, but I find myself content with receiving the Eucharist and enjoying bits of the historic Lutheran tradition.
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