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So I’m traveling right now and thought I’d take a sec and give a brief update (though I will go more in depth later).

My first stop was day in Nashville, my favorite city so far in my travels over my life. I stopped there to spend an evening with a Christian buddy of mine named David. Like others I will discuss on this trip, we had not met before but have known each other for the last couple years on an on-line discussion board of a wide range of people. There you find Christians and Non-Christians, Straight and Gay folks, grace giving and, well, let’s just say, not so grace giving folks. It’s an interest on-line community that I have come to love. I have had the privilege to meet some of the friends from there (my buddies Kevin and Pat) and on this trip, I got to meet two more.

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I am hesitant to start writing this post. Not because I am leary of what people will think of it. That’s no real concern at all. Those who will take issue with it, will take issue with most anything I write. Those who enjoy ignoring the heart of a post and try to find one sentence here or one sentence there and pick a fight with it will do so no matter what I write. Then there will be those who love what I have to say as if it is something new and fresh when really I am just one of many who feel this way. No, the reason I am hesitant has to do with my concern of not representing my feelings as clearly as I think they should be. I’m a babbler which is challenge number one. Also, this is a vital issue that has many levels. These two concerns are  a recipe for disaster but I want to give it a shot anyways.

The Church (capital C) is the body of Christ. In modern day America, it’s had a disease. I highly doubt that anyone is going to argue against that part. Where the controversy comes into play is what different people diagnose the illness to be. For some, we have gotten away from that old time religion. For others, we are holding onto past traditions that have no Biblical basis and holding onto them as idols. There are many vocal champions that will say it is because the church cares to much about theology and judgment. Still others, think it’s a watering down of truth to be all mushy in a version of love that negates accountability. Everyone who has an opinion of what church should look like will say the problem is those in the body who do not see things as they do. It’s a non ending cycle that keeps the vocal Christians debating, the quiet ones hiding in their pews once a week, and those who don’t know Jesus from seeing any reason to want to get into the middle of the whole mess.

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I want to put out an invite to you if you have any interest on some of the topics I babble about. I want to invite you to check out the discussion boards of Revolution. I have no affiliation with the Revolution church. A matter of fact, I agree with some of their stands, not of their others, and have never been to any of their churches.

However, hardly any one on this discussion board has any affiliation with Revolution. It is just different people from different areas talking about all kinds of issues. When it comes to labels, we are a full house (Conservative, liberals, homosexual, straight, Christians, seekers, and the like). While we do have are occasional goof, overall, this is the one place I have found were you can talk through struggles and differences in love without the muck and mire of everywhere else. I have been part of this community for a year and a half now and have been blessed by my friends there.

If anyone from Rev is reading this, know this…I am in your debt. I am thankful for all the discussion, instruction, and love that I have found there as one of the token conservatives. Many of you have become vital friends and mentors to me and I pray I have blessed you in some meager way. Thank you my friends……

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