- Sep 12, 2003Hi folks,
(I posted this to "ANKOC" on Yahoo but thought I would post it here
I just finished reading all 300-and-some posts there (pant, pant) and
I've enjoyed what I've found so far.
First, a little about me and then I would like to ask a request (I
know, poor manners for a newbie).
I have been a conservative, fundamentalist Christian for 31 years.
But I have reached a point where I want to grow in my faith in Christ
but leave behind some "baggage" that I have accumulated over the
years and that, I feel, weighs me down in my journey to know Christ
more. I'll be frank, I am sick and tired of all the arguing,
judging, self-righteousness, divisions, and control that I have
experienced in churches for the past 31 years. I am also sick and
tired of all of these same things that I find in myself and I long
for freedom. Jesus promised us life, an easy yoke, a light burden
and rest for our souls. I have found very little those things in the
institutionalized church (I know, they are found in Christ alone),
but I want to grow in grace. To be honest, I've considered giving up
Christianity and church altogether but I can't give up my faith in
Christ. Quite a predicament, huh?
So I was searching the net one day under the subjuct of "ex-
fundamentalism" (yes, I'm desperate) and someplace I found a link to
McLaren's book "ANKOC." I picked up the book and gave it a cursory
reading. I found much in there that has stimulated my thinking to
think "outside of the box" and I also found much that I think I need
to work out through discussion.
Enough about me. The forum at "ANKOC" is 5000-and-some messages
long. I simply don't have the internet time to go and read all of
them and any questions that I would post concerning "ANKOC" would be
water under the bridge at this point. Especially seeing as 1) I
don't want to disrupt the current topic and 2) Brian's new book is
out (which I have but have not read).
Here is my request: Is there anyone here on this forum that would be
willing to "start again" so-to-speak with "ANKOC?" I realize this
would involve alot of work and probably another forum here on Yahoo
(NKOC2?). I have another friend who would also be interested in
going through the book and discussing it.
So are there any NKOC's here that would be willing to journey anew
through Brian's "AKNOC" book? I would sure appreciate it. And with
all the members here, maybe someone else would enjoy it, too?
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