My name is Brian Michael Kindall. I am a veteran of the US Army and I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
On February 28th, 2012, at the age of 42, I went from a life of committed 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 very little about the Bible in either place and after a life of doubt, I couldn’t wait to escape.
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 become a Christian and 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.
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 degree in Biblical 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 with other new-adult Christians; 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.
Today, I am a follower of Jesus Christ, though you will quickly notice that I am not your stereotypical Christian. I am divorced, tattooed, pierced, and have recovered from more than one bad habit. I taught my adult daughter (a little too convincingly) to be an atheist. And, I refuse to put a chrome fish on my car!
The reason for this blog? It’s easy to feel like a square peg trying to fit into and learn from the well-polished Christian churches of today. But the Church (with a capital ‘C’) belongs to Jesus. And Jesus came for sinners like us. So the local church (with a little ‘c’) may not be ready for us, but I’ll work with you on overcoming that. I just don’t want our excuse to be that we are not ready for the church. If you can relate, please read my blog.
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