Just as our spiritual journey is a work in progress, so is this page. Here I summarize the chronology of my spiritual journey with links to separate posts on different aspects of it. I will be expanding it with some of the specific spiritual experiences that I have had and with a bit of my personal persuasions and opinions.
As spiritual journeys go, mine has been fairly winding. My immediate family background was United Methodist, and so much of my early childhood was spent in Sunday School and worship services there. I went with a friend to a children’s crusade where I first actually understood the Good News that Jesus died for my sins, and I accepted him personally.
Some time later I heard about the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. I spent lots of time in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches and eventually, as a teenager, decided to formally leave the United Methodist Church. I described myself as non-denominational and began to focus on Christ himself rather than on a particular set of beliefs or practices.
As I studied the Bible and attended seminars on the Jewish roots of Christianity, I got involved in the Messianic Jewish Movement. I learned a lot during that time and met lots of interesting people. I even learned a good bit of Hebrew.
My wife introduced me to the denomination of her childhood, the Christian and Missionary Alliance. I am currently a member of a C&MA church, because I appreciate the Alliance’s emphasis on missions and on Jesus as Sanctifier.