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Welcome to the Saved for Later blog. My name is Brian Michael Kindall.
2,000 years after His ministry, Jesus Christ has followers, both living and dead, numbering in the several billions. This population is made up of people raised on the faith since their youth, as well as people who, after being non-believers their whole lives, later decided as adults to follow Jesus.
This is where you and I come in. We were saved later in life…Saved for Later.
The church has many youth classes and Bible camps aimed at teaching and rearing the next generation of Christ-followers, but everyone in line at an altar call (who likely did not believe in God yesterday) is an adult for whom there is often little offered beyond a quick repeat-after-me prayer, and a flyer with listed service times.
There are exceptions, of course, but how well do they communicate a Christian message to someone who either strongly doubted or didn’t believe in Christianity at all just a short time ago?
If this sounds like you, then you want to read this blog!
Our new faith is a fragile thing and is not to be taken lightly, and yet the classes and programs one might expect to be waiting for us – considering the lifelong teaching made available to the children of existing church members – are simply few and far between by comparison.
On this blog:
- We will explore and discuss the gift of faith that has been given to us after a life of disbelief.
- We will speak to one another about our reasons for disbelief in a language that we understand.
- We will confront the differences between the teachings and actions of Jesus Christ and the teachings and actions of Christians, and what those differences represent.
- We will be honest and straightforward about the hypocrisy and hatred that exists in the Christian community and what our role is in light of it.
- Together, I hope that we will see the beauty and the majesty of God, what He has done for us, and who we are in His Son, Jesus Christ.
My goal is to encourage you to read something far more important than this blog…the Bible.
That’s right!!! I don’t want you to stay here. If I do my job, then you will be eager to read the Bible on your own, find yourself a church, and make it a better place than when you got there.
What I learned and hope to pass on to you is that, new to it as we may be, the church is our church too!!!
I hope this blog helps you, inspires you, and maybe even excites you a little bit by making this new, foreign world a little less intimidating. Most of all, I hope this blog leads you to the Bible.
Sound good? Let’s go!
My name is Brian Michael Kindall. I am a veteran of the US Army and I live in the Western Slope of Colorado.
On February 28th, 2012, at the age of 42, I went from a life of predominant atheism to a life of faith in God and of following His Son, Jesus.
I grew up in a very small steel town near Pittsburgh where I was an altar boy and attended a small Catholic church and the adjoining Catholic grade school. I learned nothing of the Bible in either place and after a life of doubt, I couldn’t wait to get away.
30 years later, I stood in line at an altar call to speak with a pastor, where I was prayed for and invited back. Then another pastor laid out the steps of initiation for me and also invited me back.
The steps were essentially the things I needed to pray to begin attending; “Jesus, I’m sorry for the things I’ve done, thank You for the things You’ve done, and You are welcome in my heart.” After that, I was allowed to sit next to folks that had been in attendance, religiously, for 30 years or longer.
Left to my own devices, I could have gone forward with a new addition to my resumé that said, I now believe in God, and I may or may not have felt compelled to attend church. Fortunately, something caught fire in me and I dove into every sermon, book, meeting, group, and willing pastor that I could get my hands on.
Thanks in no small part to the pastors that taught me, it wasn’t long before I sat down and read the Bible for myself. When I was done, I read it again, then again. I felt I had been denying some very important and obvious truths all my life and in a desperate attempt to redeem lost time, I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Study from Colorado Christian University at the age of 46.
Since then, I’ve felt compelled to write and share the things I have learned; some surprisingly good, some surprisingly bad.
I was away from the faith for too long and for the wrong reasons. I know that other adults come to this realization every day, and it is with them I wish to speak.
You will quickly notice that I am not your stereotypical Christian. I am divorced. I taught my adult daughter (a little too convincingly) to be an atheist. I had a few spells of unemployment, under-employment, and questionable employment through the years. And, I refuse to put a chrome fish on my car!
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Though I hate conformity, I figured I had better protect myself just the same.