Journeys Through The Faith… A New Series

January 14, 2014

Lutheran. Baptist. Evangelical. Charismatic. Fundamentalist. Emergent. At some point of my life, you could say I was part of one of those merry bands of Christians. Like Johnny Cash once sang, “I’ve been everywhere, man…”

The journey of my Christian faith has been so influenced by different bands and streams of Christianity that when I finally sat back to chronicle the route to get to who I am as a Christ follower today it looks like nothing but a maze: baptized in an ELCA church, being part of my first faith community in a Missouri Synod church, belonging to a high church ELCA congregation, whiplashed into an independent fundamentalist church, joining up with a Baptist congregation, getting some desperate soul saving nourishment at an ELCA church, finding my way as an adult in a non-denominational church, splitting off into a church plant that became part of the charismatic Christian & Missionary Alliance and currently participating in a faith community that is part of a Southern Baptist convention. Even I must admit, that’s quite a legacy for someone not even thirty years old. It made me. It shaped me. It is why I am the Christian I am today.

It is why I am still a Christian, period.

Through this series I’m going to map my journey from the good to the bad to the struggles. It’s a journey worth remembering, because it’s one more and more are taking. And through recounting my own journey, and hearing from others sharing their own journeys along the way, I hope to find a testament to how deep and wide and open the Christian faith is. Come and join me!



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Thomas Turner has been blogging on Everyday Liturgy for the past six years. He enjoys reading, writing, cooking and gardening.

2 responses to Journeys Through The Faith… A New Series

  1. I’m looking forward to this series Thomas. I too have been around the spectrum with long stays at pentecostal, Mennonite, Presbyterian and Anglican churches ( and sidetrips to fundie baptist, orthodox and Quaker congregations) and am looking again for a place to stay.
    I used to share the longing that “all might be one” -no denominations- but now I have come to appreciate the rich variety of each tradition that meets the needs of a diverse world.

    • Thomas

      Thanks Shawn. I used to be in the “all might be one” camp as well. My thinking on unity has changed a bit from unity of belief to unity of purpose and practice. It’s like being loving neighbors as opposed to all living in the same house.