Posts Tagged ‘life’

I was thinking tonight as I was having a conversation tonight with my girlfriend. Talking about life it’s twist turns and the what if this, and what if that. After my spiritual awakening at 16 I was very spiritual, my leaders presumed I would be a young up and coming pastor.  Then some twist and turns appeared in my life and I was married and a heavy drinking U.S. Army soldier .  I still had the dream of pastoring but it seemed far away.  So tonight I wondered, what if.  Then during contemplation I said to myself I would have been one of those fundamental conservative pastors who only stayed within their culture.  I probably would have found Biblical education at a institute falling in line with the rest of my peers.  I probably would have never actually learned to think. Although I probably would have not become an ex con and substance abuser.  One thing for sure is I would never have become The Backyard Preacher.  I would have never learned to conduct biblical research earning my Masters in Religion through taking courses online; this partly because I lost my license and know one would hire me because of a felony conviction for theft.  This created a deep anger and to be honest selfish advocate for felons trying to do the right thing in life but still treated as second class citizens.  I wouldn’t know what it was like to spend time with many different cultures and ethnicities through my military service and factory jobs.  To be able to empathize with homosexuals, minorities, and others with substance issues.  Maybe all things do work out for a reason. Maybe God has led me down this path for such a time as this.   Maybe I am becoming the pastor who wants his congregation to think about what I preach and for homework come to a different conclusion other than mine.

I am wondering if some of the problems within the fundamental conservative church today is leaders who are trained not to think. Yet only adhere to the old saying “The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.”  Instead to actually research and challenge the pastor to teach one another to sharpen each other.  To limit dogma take away rules that weigh each other down and truly be free as a church under Christ.  So not to be long winded this was only going to be a Facebook post but I thought it would be a bit long.  If you listen to my podcast The Backyard Preacher I encourage you to challenge me, come up with different conclusions. Do your own research we should all be willing and able to step up to the pulpit and lead.  

So all in all, I have been through a lot of self-made crap in my life. Yet through it all I have become The man and Christian I am today because of it.    

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What if we could stop being Facebook bullies and instead start being kind?  What if we could actually think before we type?  What if we decided to love instead of hate?  What if we allowed God back into the Garden?  Maybe, just maybe the world would be a better place.

Who kicked who out of the garden? Did God kick out man? Or did we kick out God? Is not God here and now, in front of us and within us, above us and below us?  If so did we kick out God? Is our duty, our will to reach union with God?  We may struggle with these questions, we may struggle with the idea of having the ability to reach the divine becoming divine as the Father becoming one as Jesus prayed. “Let them be one with you as we are one.”  The final question is the same as the first. Who kicked who out of the Garden? Did you? Have we all? If so maybe it is time we let him back in.

Good day Backyard Preachers!  It has been a while but I AM back.  Nate talks a little bit about his recent struggles along with the power of our words.  We struggle in life, it is not easy.  Yet through are struggles sometimes we are just paying the price for a better life.  Be blessed!

Nate talks about forgiving yourself, loving yourself, and being kind to yourself.  This is a message from the heart.  We cannot be effective as Christians and walk in the love and light of Christ when our own love and light is covered by guilt and shame.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  All you wannabe Irish people who just want another excuse to drink.  Please be safe out there!  OK, Nate takes on the division of flesh and Spirit, looking at the text from Luke chapter 8 which describes the transfiguration of Christ from an esoteric perspective.  Enjoy, and stay inspired!

Nate talks about the fight between the flesh and the Spirit.  The battle of our true selves and that of the illusion of ego which tries to take over our lives.  We succumb to pain then use a variety of vices based on our animalistic biology to place a bandage on a wound that can only be healed through Christ.

Life is hard.  This is an obvious statement.  With faith in our Lord it can be a little easier, or maybe even a little harder depending our you define it.  In either case faith and the acceptance of your self as a loved human being can be one of our greatest struggles.  Nate talks about this and more on this episode of The Backyard Preacher Podcast.

Happy New Year!  The Backyard Preacher is starting the year out with a bang as we have with us our first ever guest Jordan Sprott.  Jordan who is 17 years old is the son of Nate and brings a candid account of the life of a teenager in this time as well as how teens feel about spirituality and church.

Nate in his final episode about his journey out of fundamental Christianity talks about how it all took place, and why he is at, where he is at now.  Maybe you will be able to relate in some way in order to find yourself?  Maybe like Nate there was a weight on your shoulders, if so listen and enjoy.