Why I Don’t Write About Faith Anymore

     On October 31, 1517, a German theologian Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Church.  His act of defiance to the Pope and his practice of selling indulgences is one of the key moments, which set off the Protestant Reformation.  This date has special significance for me because it was reading Luther’s writings in Western Civilization I during college, which brought me back to the Christian faith.

     I grew up in the Catholic church but left as soon I graduated high school.  When I got married, I told my wife she could raise our children in her Christian church but don’t expect me to be in attendance.  I told her I was done with “organized religion”.

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St. Louis Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick, who oversaw the St. Louis Archdiocese from 1841 to 1894.

     After reading Luther’s writings though, I began to attend church with her and have read the Bible through probably 15 times in the last 20 years.  I’ve focused on the New Testament over the last two years.

     When I started blogging in 2013, I wrote a weekly post about my faith for most of the first year but I stopped.  I haven’t really written about my faith over the last two years or so.  I decided to share why today.

     First, I am not a trained theologian nor have I attended seminary.  I worry about inadvertently teaching false doctrine in my writing.

     Second, I’m appalled by the amount of false teaching already existing in Christianity.  No one needs any help from me in finding more false doctrine.

     Third, my views have changed over the last two years.  I am walking out my own faith path very different from where I’ve been over the last twenty years.

     I will be removing these posts and transfer them to my son for his revision or he can discard them.  Ryan Marks is a graduate theology student and my son Kenneth is studying the Bible in college.  While we are walking different paths, I know their heart is for the Lord.  They are Christian young men.

     However, I’m still proud to be a man of faith.  I will not hide my faith in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, nor his Church.

     God Bless!

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