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A former mega church pastor leaves religion behind to rid himself of the exclusivity created by its dogmas and open himself up to learn from the lives, stories, and experiences of everyone else.
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As a young child, my mom would catch me perched on top of the backyard fence, looking to the sky, moving my lips. When asked what I was doing up there I responded, "Talking to Jesus."
Was I nuts? Yes. Was it real to me? Yes. Is it still real to me now? Yes, although I sometimes doubt just about as much as anybody.
After a failed baseball career, I went to college and got BAs in both Theology and Christian Leadership, and then spent almost two decades leading inside religious corporations.
During which time I suffered renal failure, spent two years as a dialysis patient, then became a recipient of a transplanted kidney from a dear friend. After almost dying, I began to center my focus on the teachings and life of Jesus which quickly led me to become disillusioned with American Institutional Christianity.
With this new found distaste for institutional religion, desire to live like misfit Jesus, a passion for living within mixed community, and genuine life with those who believe differently than me. I gave up my lucrative American Mega-Church Pastorship in an attempt to try to live the rest of my life how I see Jesus living his life in the scriptures. Not in church buildings, but streets. Not giving monological sermons, but instead living life in relationship and discussion with others.
So far I've learned that my world view was stifled, not by my faith in Christ, but by the dogma and business model of the American institutional church. I have since begun to see "God" at work everywhere.
My initial hope with this life choice was that I might bring "Christ" to the lives of others. What I have realized is that they have often brought Christ to me.