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Please allow me to introduce myself…

Posted by on Aug 9, 2007 in personal | 34 comments

Whenever someone compliments me concerning this blog, I immediately think about the great comments that I have read in response to the blog posts. This is not false modesty. (Of course, someone with false modesty would say that, right?) I truly believe that I have some of the greatest readers of any blog. I am constantly encouraged and challenged by the comments – yes, even and especially those who disagree with me.

Now, I am going to ask you, my dear readers, a favor. Would you introduce yourselves? Yes, I am asking you. If you prefer to remain anonymous, that is okay. You can leave an anonymous post, but please leave as much information about yourself that you feel comfortable leaving. If you have never left a comment here, but you read my blog, I’m asking you to introduce yourself as well – anonymous or not.

What kind of information would I like to know about you? Well, I don’t want to know your shoe size or your credit card numbers. Please tell us any of the following that you feel comfortable with: name, location, gender, age, marital status, etc. Also, you can tell us something interesting about yourself. By the way, even if I know you personally, please introduce yourself so that my other readers can get to know you as well.

This blog is primarily aimed at studying the church in Scripture. So, please leave a quick answer to this question: Why are you interested in the church?

Finally, I want you to know that I appreciate you and the time that you spend reading what I write and interacting here. By the way, if you choose not to introduce yourself, there will be no repercussions. God will still love you.

[UPDATE: Mike asked me to tell something about myself, so here goes.

My name is Alan. I’m 40 years old (that’s hard to type). I’ve been married for 18 1/2 years to Margaret. We met when we were both in the 4th grade and started dating when we were in the 9th grade. We have two children: a 13 yr old son and a 10 yr old daughter. We are all from Alabama (well, actually my wife was born in South Carolina, but moved to Alabama when she was 2). We’ve also lived in the Atlanta area, and now live in Youngsville, North Carolina, just north of Raleigh. We started homeschooling our children almost 5 years ago, just after moving to NC. We have two dogs: a Border Collie mix named Lucy and a Scottish Terrier named Aggie. I am a Ph.D. student in Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS). My mentor is David Alan Black. I work as a web developer at SEBTS and an adjunct professor of Greek at Southeastern College at Wake Forest. I am one of the pastors of Messiah Baptist Church. I cannot blow bubbles with my tongue.

Why am I interested in the church? The church is God’s people. He cared enough to come to earth and die for them. If he cares that much, then I think I should also.]


34 Comments

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  1. 8-9-2007

    Hey Alan,

    You know me already, but the majority of your readers probably do not. Although you’re like number 2 on my referrers according to Google Analytics. I guess it’s good to have friends in high places ;).

    Anyways, let me introduce myself to your readership.

    My name is Lew Ayotte.
    I blog at http://lewayotte.blogspot.com/.
    I am 27 years old.
    I am male.
    I am married to my wonderful wife, Kati.
    My wife is 25 years old, 26 in a couple of weeks.
    My wife and I met on a cruise in the Caribbean.
    We currently live in North Carolina, but are planning on moving to Georgia.
    I recently graduated from the college at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with my B.A. in Biblical Studies.
    I can blow bubbles with my tongue.
    We have two lovable beagles named Gus and Woody.

    “Why are you interested in the Church?”
    Because Jesus is interested in his Church.

    God’s Glory,
    Lew

  2. 8-9-2007

    Hi I’m Paul, i’m 32, married for 10 yrs, have 2 boys, 4 and 18 months. I live in London and my credit card no is….. :)

    i’m interested in the church cos i think without it none of us would be here following christ today…

  3. 8-9-2007

    Hi Alan–

    My name is Kathy, I’m 43 years old, and I live in a small town in Southeastern Wisconsin, about 20 miles from Madison. I’ve been married to the greatest guy in the world, AKA my best friend, for nearly 22 years. We have six kids, four boys and two girls, ages seven to 20. I homeschool the two youngest.

    Something interesting about me? Hmmm…. Well, I’ve done a little freelance writing here and there. I also love to read, talk, listen, and laugh. I hate cleaning and I’m no Martha Stewart, but that must be okay with my kids’ friends, because they are ‘always’ here. Not long ago, we had so many backyard baseball games played in our yard that we actually had base paths worn through the grass. And I loved it!! (We’re raising kids, not grass!)

    Why am I interested in the church? Because while the ‘organization’ of church has proved disappointing, even wounding in our lives, the ‘people’ of the church, the real ‘church’ are amazing, and loving, and truly the body of Christ.

    Blessings–
    Kathy J

  4. 8-9-2007

    Well, Alan, you know all the basic stuff about me if you’ve read my bio on my blog.

    http://evepheso.wordpress.com

    But I’ll put it here too.

    My name is Mike.
    I’m 22.
    I’ve been married for a year (as of August 5th).
    I’m studying linguistics at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics.
    I have a BA in NT Greek.
    I own about 2000 books, 99% of which I’ve aquired in the past four years (I also sell books to pay for them).
    I’ve worked as a snowboard instructor and a rock climbing instructor.

    Let’s here something interesting about you, Alan!

  5. 8-9-2007

    Hey Everyone,

    My name is Jeff.
    I am 30 years old.
    I was born, raised, and still live near Bozeman, Montana.(USA)
    I met my wife at the candy store.
    Married for 9+ years.
    Three children(8,6,&4)
    I build houses for a living.
    I am 1/2 Dutch and the other 1/2 is part French, English, Norwegian, and Welch.(American)

    “Why am I interested in the church?”

    I guess it is because the Spirit who dwells in me urges me to be interested in His Body.

  6. 8-9-2007

    My name is Guy Muse.

    Married to Linda, we have two children ages 15 and 11.

    Serve as IMB-SBC church planting missionaries in Guayaquil, Ecuador for the past 20 years.

    Work with a house church network of around 100 churches. All are begun by winning people to Christ and then discipling in.

    The things you write about are interesting to me because we live with them on a daily basis. It is not “church theory” for us, but things we are striving to accomplish as we grow in the Lord. We are far from being a perfect model of the things you write about, but we are headed in the right direction! :)

  7. 8-9-2007

    Hi Alan-
    Guess I’m the senior citizen representative of your fan club! Like Kathy J., I am also from Wisconsin—about 50 miles north of Milwaukee. I am 60 years old, and have been married to Elwood for 41 years, after a 4-year courtship. We have 3 children, ages 25-39, and 10 grandchildren ages 1-18. I homeschooled our son for 10 years. Both our son and one of our daughters also homeschool their children. Our oldest daughter and her family are missionaries in the Philippines.
    I’ve also done some free-lance writing and edited (and wrote) chronological Sunday school curriculum about 10 years ago. Today, I just blog occasionally at http://where-we-live.blogspot.com/ and comment more often on other blogs. I love to read and try to maintain a respectable flower garden.
    Ever since I was saved, we’ve opened our home to be used by Christ. He’s enabled us to equip a furnished apartment for the use of missionaries and others who need a place to stay (1 night—3 years). We also host Bible studies and our annual “Christmas ‘Round the Manger”, hayrides and campfires at our farm. We have been blessed beyond belief by the opportunity to serve in this way.
    The Church is Christ’s Body Incarnate today. I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior in 1971, and became part of His Body then, so I share a unique relationship with believers all over the world. Since the mid-70’s my husband and I have been part of several new church plants, and the Lord has taught us much about His Church as a result. For the past 7 years, we’ve been part of an elder-led body of believers, and we are still learning.
    Thank you, Alan, for the opportunity to let us get to know each other a bit better!
    From Kathy, also know as:
    Kat

  8. 8-9-2007

    Hi Alan-
    Guess I’m the senior citizen representative of your fan club! Like Kathy J., I am also from Wisconsin—about 50 miles north of Milwaukee. I am 60 years old, and have been married to Elwood for 41 years, after a 4-year courtship. We have 3 children, ages 25-39, and 10 grandchildren ages 1-18. I homeschooled our son for 10 years. Both our son and one of our daughters also homeschool their children. Our oldest daughter and her family are missionaries in the Philippines.
    I’ve also done some free-lance writing and edited (and wrote) chronological Sunday school curriculum about 10 years ago. Today, I just blog occasionally at http://where-we-live.blogspot.com/ and comment more often on other blogs. I love to read and try to maintain a respectable flower garden.
    Ever since I was saved, we’ve opened our home to be used by Christ. He’s enabled us to equip a furnished apartment for the use of missionaries and others who need a place to stay (1 night—3 years). We also host Bible studies and our annual “Christmas ‘Round the Manger”, hayrides and campfires at our farm. We have been blessed beyond belief by the opportunity to serve in this way.
    The Church is Christ’s Body Incarnate today. I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior in 1971, and became part of His Body then, so I share a unique relationship with believers all over the world. Since the mid-70’s my husband and I have been part of several new church plants, and the Lord has taught us much about His Church as a result. For the past 7 years, we’ve been part of an elder-led body of believers, and we are still learning.
    Thank you, Alan, for the opportunity to let us get to know each other a bit better!
    From Kathy, also know as:
    Kat

  9. 8-9-2007

    Hi Alan-
    Guess I’m the senior citizen representative of your fan club! Like Kathy J., I am also from Wisconsin—about 50 miles north of Milwaukee. I am 60 years old, and have been married to Elwood for 41 years, after a 4-year courtship. We have 3 children, ages 25-39, and 10 grandchildren ages 1-18. I homeschooled our son for 10 years. Both our son and one of our daughters also homeschool their children. Our oldest daughter and her family are missionaries in the Philippines.
    I’ve also done some free-lance writing and edited (and wrote) chronological Sunday school curriculum about 10 years ago. Today, I just blog occasionally at http://where-we-live.blogspot.com/ and comment more often on other blogs. I love to read and try to maintain a respectable flower garden.
    Ever since I was saved, we’ve opened our home to be used by Christ. He’s enabled us to equip a furnished apartment for the use of missionaries and others who need a place to stay (1 night—3 years). We also host Bible studies and our annual “Christmas ‘Round the Manger”, hayrides and campfires at our farm. We have been blessed beyond belief by the opportunity to serve in this way.
    The Church is Christ’s Body Incarnate today. I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior in 1971, and became part of His Body then, so I share a unique relationship with believers all over the world. Since the mid-70’s my husband and I have been part of several new church plants, and the Lord has taught us much about His Church as a result. For the past 7 years, we’ve been part of an elder-led body of believers, and we are still learning.
    Thank you, Alan, for the opportunity to let us get to know each other a bit better!
    From Kathy, also know as:
    Kat

  10. 8-9-2007

    Hi Alan-
    Guess I’m the senior citizen representative of your fan club! Like Kathy J., I am also from Wisconsin—about 50 miles north of Milwaukee. I am 60 years old, and have been married to Elwood for 41 years, after a 4-year courtship. We have 3 children, ages 25-39, and 10 grandchildren ages 1-18. I homeschooled our son for 10 years. Both our son and one of our daughters also homeschool their children. Our oldest daughter and her family are missionaries in the Philippines.
    I’ve also done some free-lance writing and edited (and wrote) chronological Sunday school curriculum about 10 years ago. Today, I just blog occasionally at http://where-we-live.blogspot.com/ and comment more often on other blogs. I love to read and try to maintain a respectable flower garden.
    Ever since I was saved, we’ve opened our home to be used by Christ. He’s enabled us to equip a furnished apartment for the use of missionaries and others who need a place to stay (1 night—3 years). We also host Bible studies and our annual “Christmas ‘Round the Manger”, hayrides and campfires at our farm. We have been blessed beyond belief by the opportunity to serve in this way.
    The Church is Christ’s Body Incarnate today. I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior in 1971, and became part of His Body then, so I share a unique relationship with believers all over the world. Since the mid-70’s my husband and I have been part of several new church plants, and the Lord has taught us much about His Church as a result. For the past 7 years, we’ve been part of an elder-led body of believers, and we are still learning.
    Thank you, Alan, for the opportunity to let us get to know each other a bit better!
    From Kathy, also know as:
    Kat

  11. 8-9-2007

    Hi Alan-
    Guess I’m the senior citizen representative of your fan club! Like Kathy J., I am also from Wisconsin—about 50 miles north of Milwaukee. I am 60 years old, and have been married to Elwood for 41 years, after a 4-year courtship. We have 3 children, ages 25-39, and 10 grandchildren ages 1-18. I homeschooled our son for 10 years. Both our son and one of our daughters also homeschool their children. Our oldest daughter and her family are missionaries in the Philippines.
    I’ve also done some free-lance writing and edited (and wrote) chronological Sunday school curriculum about 10 years ago. Today, I just blog occasionally at http://where-we-live.blogspot.com/ and comment more often on other blogs. I love to read and try to maintain a respectable flower garden.
    Ever since I was saved, we’ve opened our home to be used by Christ. He’s enabled us to equip a furnished apartment for the use of missionaries and others who need a place to stay (1 night—3 years). We also host Bible studies and our annual “Christmas ‘Round the Manger”, hayrides and campfires at our farm. We have been blessed beyond belief by the opportunity to serve in this way.
    The Church is Christ’s Body Incarnate today. I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior in 1971, and became part of His Body then, so I share a unique relationship with believers all over the world. Since the mid-70’s my husband and I have been part of several new church plants, and the Lord has taught us much about His Church as a result. For the past 7 years, we’ve been part of an elder-led body of believers, and we are still learning.
    Thank you, Alan, for the opportunity to let us get to know each other a bit better!
    From Kathy, also know as:
    Kat

  12. 8-9-2007

    Hi Alan-
    Guess I’m the senior citizen representative of your fan club! Like Kathy J., I am also from Wisconsin—about 50 miles north of Milwaukee. I am 60 years old, and have been married to Elwood for 41 years, after a 4-year courtship. We have 3 children, ages 25-39, and 10 grandchildren ages 1-18. I homeschooled our son for 10 years. Both our son and one of our daughters also homeschool their children. Our oldest daughter and her family are missionaries in the Philippines.
    I’ve also done some free-lance writing and edited (and wrote) chronological Sunday school curriculum about 10 years ago. Today, I just blog occasionally at http://where-we-live.blogspot.com/ and comment more often on other blogs. I love to read and try to maintain a respectable flower garden.
    Ever since I was saved, we’ve opened our home to be used by Christ. He’s enabled us to equip a furnished apartment for the use of missionaries and others who need a place to stay (1 night—3 years). We also host Bible studies and our annual “Christmas ‘Round the Manger”, hayrides and campfires at our farm. We have been blessed beyond belief by the opportunity to serve in this way.
    The Church is Christ’s Body Incarnate today. I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior in 1971, and became part of His Body then, so I share a unique relationship with believers all over the world. Since the mid-70’s my husband and I have been part of several new church plants, and the Lord has taught us much about His Church as a result. For the past 7 years, we’ve been part of an elder-led body of believers, and we are still learning.
    Thank you, Alan, for the opportunity to let us get to know each other a bit better!
    From Kathy, also know as:
    Kat

  13. 8-9-2007

    Hi Alan-
    Guess I’m the senior citizen representative of your fan club! Like Kathy J., I am also from Wisconsin—about 50 miles north of Milwaukee. I am 60 years old, and have been married to Elwood for 41 years, after a 4-year courtship. We have 3 children, ages 25-39, and 10 grandchildren ages 1-18. I homeschooled our son for 10 years. Both our son and one of our daughters also homeschool their children. Our oldest daughter and her family are missionaries in the Philippines.
    I’ve also done some free-lance writing and edited (and wrote) chronological Sunday school curriculum about 10 years ago. Today, I just blog occasionally at http://where-we-live.blogspot.com/ and comment more often on other blogs. I love to read and try to maintain a respectable flower garden.
    Ever since I was saved, we’ve opened our home to be used by Christ. He’s enabled us to equip a furnished apartment for the use of missionaries and others who need a place to stay (1 night—3 years). We also host Bible studies and our annual “Christmas ‘Round the Manger”, hayrides and campfires at our farm. We have been blessed beyond belief by the opportunity to serve in this way.
    The Church is Christ’s Body Incarnate today. I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior in 1971, and became part of His Body then, so I share a unique relationship with believers all over the world. Since the mid-70’s my husband and I have been part of several new church plants, and the Lord has taught us much about His Church as a result. For the past 7 years, we’ve been part of an elder-led body of believers, and we are still learning.
    Thank you, Alan, for the opportunity to let us get to know each other a bit better!
    From Kathy, also know as:
    Kat

  14. 8-9-2007

    Alan,

    My name is Juan Zavala AKA Rumblebelly. I am 40 years old. I was born in El Paso TX. I just moved back home from San Diego, CA where we lived for 12 years. I am married, for 22 years. We have two kids 10 and 6 years old. I never comment on my wife’s age :). Came back home to take over my dads church (running from God for 10 years, finally quit) and take care of my parents. I have just been admitted into Gordon-Conwell and will start my Masters there. I am excited.
    Why the church?
    We all belong to HIM. I am able to go to both Spanish and English speaking churches and conventions and it drives me nuts how divided we are in church because of race. The latinos are very pentecostal and they will say “the others do not have this.” The other groups know more, have a better education , in general and in the Bible and they look at the Latinos as a bit wacky. They criticize each other as groups, why do I say this? Because I have seen it and experienced it. My goal is to find a way to get together and learn from each other and worship God as one Church! I could go on but I hope to one day find a way to overcome our cultures and worship God as one CHURCH.

    Juan

  15. 8-9-2007

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Jason.
    I am 33 years old and have been married to my wife Amy for 13 years. We have 8 children (5 girls and 3 boys) ages ranging from 1-12 years old. We have home-schooled our children for the past seven years. We live in the countryside outside Snohomish, Washington (about 20 some miles N or Seattle). I work with my hands as a chiropractor. We are currently blessed to be a part of God’s community that is seeking to live by many of the thoughts and understandings expressed in this blog. I must say that I enjoy the interaction at “the assembling of the Church” because it not only covers NT form and function but also how do we love one another.

    Why am I interested in the church?
    Eph 1:22 And He has put all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,
    Eph 1:23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
    Who wouldn’t be interested in that?

  16. 8-9-2007

    My blogging name is Mary. I’m 32 years old. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for almost 8 years, and we have 3 children (a 6 year old, a 3 year old, and a 5 month old). In the almost 8 years that we’ve been married, we’ve moved 8 times and have lived in 3 different states.

    I really, really love pickles. You know those gallon jars of dill pickles? I could polish off one of those in about two days and then save the juice to drink over the next few days. I said I COULD, but I don’t because…well, it’s just not a good idea.

    I’m interested in the church because I’ve misunderstood what it is for several years and want to see it as Jesus sees it.

  17. 8-9-2007

    My name is Jake, I’m 24 and as far as I can tell, I’m the only Canadian who has thus far commented. I’ve lived in Ontario for all of my life, mostly in the Toronto area. I am recently married (this past May) and am gearing up to begin studying for a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. My plans are to go the Ph.D. route eventually and get into teaching, but that is still a ways off.

    I blog at http://jakebelder.blogspot.com and have been doing so for close to four years, I think. I love it, and have met some really great people because of it.

    Why am I interested in the church? Because it’s how we are to continue the Missio Dei here on earth.

  18. 8-9-2007

    My name is Heather, the Deconstructed Christian. I’m 29 and I have been married to my gorgeous husband Alex for 11 years. No, that’s not a typo. We have been together since I was 14 and he was 16. We have two children, both girls, ages 6 ad 8. We live in a suburb of Melbourne, Vicoria, Australia. We have two dogs, Misty and Milo, Maltese-Shih Tzu and Jack Russell-Chihuahua. Milo was from a breeder, we rescued Misty when she was a little puppy. She lost one eye that was severely damaged when we rescued her, so now she’s a one-eyed black and white mop.

    I am a full time mother, full time wife, full time Christ-follower, part time Office Administrator, part time blogger. I only get paid for one of these occupations, but the rest get made up for in other ways.

    Why I am interested in the church: I am part of the church. As a member of Christ’s body here on earth, why wouldn’t I be? Besides, the rest of the church is so darned interesting!

  19. 8-10-2007

    This is way too cool. Maybe I’m just really tired this morning, but reading these actually made me feel a bit emotional. It’s so easy to forget that all these black-and-white words on a screen represent real lives of real people.

    So…

    Hi, I’m Steve (hi, Steve!) and I’m 38 years old. I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world (Alan, sit back down and let me finish). Christy and I have been married for just over 3 years. And she looks a whole lot younger than I.

    We have just one child at this point, who is 14 (almost 15).

    We currently reside in Boone, NC, although that may change within the next year.

    I am a musician (pianist), currently working two main jobs, one accompanying music students at Appalachian State University, and the other as music director (and sometimes actor) at Blowing Rock Stage Company.

    I’m also an independent recording artist, producing CDs of my piano renditions of hymns and contemporary worship songs.

    I blog at Theological Musings, although it’s been rather slow this summer there.

    Oh, and by the way, I’m originally from PA, lived a short time in NJ, moved to TX, and then to NC. Now we’re waiting to see if we will be moving to VA (where I’ve applied for a full-time music director position at a respected theatre there).

    Why am I interested in the church? For all my life, I thought I knew what the church was. Then I found out that I was only experiencing something masquerading as church. Now, I’m passionate about discovering what the church really is/should be.

  20. 8-10-2007

    Hey all,

    I’m Joel from Waterloo, Iowa. I’m 38 yrs old, married to Tracey for 11 yrs. Two kids, one of each, aged 9 and 6. Shoe size depends upon if I’m renting bowling shoes or not. They never fit anyway!

    I was born in St. Louis, moved to Stockport, England when I was 8, and then to Iowa when I was 12 and I’ve been here since.

    I’ve been blogging at Grace Roots for a little over a year. I want to “John:Three-Seventeen” the world. :) Too many people see Jesus with a wagging finger, but that’s not why He came. Mostly I want to help Christians become established in the fertile soil of grace, as I continue to grow in it myself.

    I love the church because I am one part of many members of a body. We may not all talk alike, act alike, have the same interests, have the same views, etc, but we are one body working together as the Head sees fit.

  21. 8-10-2007

    Hi, I’m Gordon Cloud from Cairo, GA. (That’s just north of Tallahassee, FL). I am married to my wonderful wife Amy and we have two sons, ages 10 and 11, who we homeschool. I serve as the pastor of Pine Park Baptist Church. I enjoy reading, sports and the outdoors.

    I also share my thoughts, from time to time, at Heavenly Heartburn.

    This is a cool idea Alan.

  22. 8-10-2007

    Alan,

    My name is John, born into a farming family.I’m 68 years young (sorry Kat). I’m obviously an Australian and living in the South Eastern part of Queensland at Bribie Island.

    I am a keen gardener, love woodturning and furniture making,having a cappucino at Scoopy’s and admiring God’s handiwork in and around Moreton Bay.

    Alan & Steve despite your claims, I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world. She must be, because she has been very patient with me for the last 46 years.

    We have five children, who live in (Don’t be lazy! Get your atlas out) Melbourne, Wagga Wagga, Brisbane, Dalby, and Kumbia (near Kingaroy). They have blessed us with seven grandchildren, five boys and two girls, and one great grandson.

    I became a Christian at a young age, preached first at age 18, became an elder at age 32 and continued as such in four churches two denominational, two independent, until four years ago when health issues forced retirement.

    Some of the lessons I’ve learned I’m trying to share in my blog at http://john-caesura.blogspot.com/.

    Why am I interested in church? Since conversion I have been convicted of my being an integral part of the whole of which Lord Jesus Christ is Head, and have sought to serve her. I wish I could have begun with the same convictions which have developed during the last twenty years,especially that Jesus is the ONLY pastor, and builder of His Church. I am trusting that I can share some of these convictions with the hope of helping younger elders from making the same institutional mistakes I made.

  23. 8-10-2007

    Scott McCrae 56
    Married 19 years to my great wife
    2 kids boy 17 and girl 14 whom I am proud of because they are currently in Indianapolis IN on a missions trip to minister in the inner city.

    Work for the city of Kansas City MO as a Traffic Control Inspector at construction sites.

    My interests are: Bible study, nature study, bicycling, history and I could go on with more but trying to be led by God in what I should do and what I should cut out. TV is one thing that I have cut out.

    I am interested in the Church because that is my family.
    My priorities are now with small groups. Searching and seeking God for the possibility of a house church.

  24. 8-11-2007

    Well Alan I have to stay anonymous but I had to comment anyway so I can be a part of this exceptionally cool group!
    I am Strider, married to Arwen with four children. I am almost 45 and have been married for 19 years.
    I am the IMB team leader for an equally cool group of people sharing our faith in Gondor (a level 3 country with a Muslim population). I have been on the field for 11 years now and I am just beginning to figure out what God is up to here.

  25. 8-11-2007

    I know I am late joining the conversation. I typically just lurk and rarely comment. Th posting here is always a challenge and a blessing, but anyway…

    My name is Tony Sisk and I am married to a tenacious lady named Camilla. We have five children; four girls (10, 6, 4, and 2), and one boy, five weeks. I am pastor of Hunting Creek Baptist Church in Nathalie, VA which is in Halifax County.

    I fish, try to play golf, read, and chase kids around, mostly my own. I also blog in spurts at The RP.

    I am interested in the church because Jesus is, and because I am discovering I don’t know nearly as much as I thought I did.

    Blessings to you and your readers, Alan.

  26. 8-11-2007

    My name is Michael Halcomb. I am 26, live in KY, serve at a Church, married to Kristi, have a newborn daughter, Lydia, have my BA, MDIV and 1 more course for the MABS then on to PhD work in the future hopefully. I am interested in the Church because it focuses not on “me” (like our individualistic culture loves so much) but on God and His people. Christ died for the Church and will return and gather, not one saved individual but the Bride to Himself. I’m glad to be a part of that.

    http://www.michaelhalcomb.blogspot.com

  27. 8-11-2007

    I’m Renata and I’m lazy. More details can be found in my profile ;-)

  28. 8-11-2007

    I forgot to add…
    I’m interested in the Church because I am part of it and it is Christ’s bride.

  29. 8-11-2007

    Hey there. I’m back to bug you after a July of conferences and vacations.

    David Regier
    allglory.blogspot.com
    40 years old
    male
    married for 11 1/2 years
    2 kids. boy/girl, 7/3
    live in southern California (Murrieta)
    Worship Pastor (I know, I know, that’s 2 strikes against me, because it’s not worship when we sing, and pastor is a title)
    Southwest Christian Church

    Why am I interested in the church?
    The Bible tells me so.

  30. 8-11-2007

    Hi Alan,

    My first name is Mike, and my surname is the same as yours (that’s my claim to fame, jk!).

    I just started a blog (http://mikenhelen.blogspot.com/), live in Manitoba, Canada, am 25, and am married to Helen.

    When I get to heaven I plan to attend seminary, and in the meanwhile I’m self-learning Greek (from Mounce and Dave Black).

    I’m interested in the church because I belong to a local “Brethren” church. If you know anything about the Brethren, you know that they emphasize doing church according to NT patterns and forms.

    Sometimes I am tempted to be critical of my local church, but thanks be to God, He has used and is using your blog and David Black’s blog to see that much of what we do IS biblical, and that for those things that aren’t, I should spend more time encouraging biblical renewal than fleshly de-construction.

    Thanks Alan,
    Mike

  31. 8-12-2007

    Hi Alan,

    I am an occasional reader of your blog by way of DBO – I enjoy reading the thoughts shared here.

    My name is Brian Fulthorp, I am 37 and live in Glendale, AZ with my wife Debbie and our 7 mo old girl Mercy. We will have been married 3 years on the 14th of this month. We are both recent graduates of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (both Master of Divinity). Our long term goal is to be involved in cross-cultural ministry in an overseas context.

    The church is important to us because through participating in a community of faith we can come to know God and experience his precence and love for us.

    Also, I normally blog on Xanga (xanga.com/manwe_and_varda).

  32. 8-13-2007

    Hey, I’m Travis Seitler—a 24-year-old married man with two kids, living in the Baltimore metropolitan area (Timonium, MD).

    Something interesting about me:
    I make comic books for a living.

    Why am I interested in the church?
    It seemed to be important to Jesus, and it doesn’t look like He seemed to want it to look. I love Jesus, and I want to do my part in its looking like He wants it to look.

  33. 8-19-2007

    I´m David Rogers. I am 47. My wife is Kelly, and we have 2 boys, 17 and 10 years old. We have been missionaries in Spain for 17 years. We first served for 4 years with an organization called Bible Christian Union, and for the last 13 years have been with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. We are currently in the States for furlough, and are living in Cordova, Tennessee, a suburb of Memphis.

    My blog is Love Each Stone.

    I am interested in the church because I want to do a better job of obeying the commands of Jesus, and I believe understanding what Scripture teaches about the church will help me to do this better.

  34. 8-21-2007

    You said it wasn’t too late for an introduction…..

    My name is Shar.
    I’m 25, married since Oct. 21, 2000.
    I stay at home with my two boys (Ethan 4 1/2 and Carter 8 mos..
    I’m an artist and musician.
    I’m an actress in local theatre.
    I love Jesus and want to know and understand His ways better.
    I want to be used to do good.
    I live in the “Thumb” of Michigan.
    I love coffee so much I’ve considered hooking up my body to an IV full of a highly concentrated espresso drip. ;)

    Why am I interested in the Church?

    I am interested in the Church because I’ve had a poor relationship with it since I became a Christian.

    I see other people having the same problems. I am starting to think the church is corrrupt, abusive, controlling, manipulative, and damaging to true Christianity and a real relationship with God.

    As I rely more on God and the Bible and less on the Church, I’ve become more and more filled with the Holy Spirit.

    I see a problem. I see hurting people. And I want to know why I blame the Church. Am I the only one? Is it me? Or is there really a problem in the Church?