Steve has hosted 68 episodes.
Hey! I'm Steve! Here's a bit about me...
Personal History: I currently live in Colorado with my wife, Kristi, and 2 fabulous kids: Hannah & Noah. Kristi and I have been ridiculously happily married 23 years. She's my rock. I grew up in Fort Collins, CO (lovely place) and later got my degree in Biblical Studies & Missions from Oklahoma Christian University. In 2005, Kristi & I (with Hannah in tow) moved to Dresden, Germany to work with a small church there. We planned to be there forever but moved back to the USA in 2009 (long story). I ended up working as a UX designer, then a manager of designers, and now a manager of designers and software engineers – and I love it! On the downside, I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease in 2017, then with Multiple Sclerosis in 2019. It's rough living with those 2 neurological conditions, but I'm learning to look for the positives.
Faith History: I come from a long line of Church of Christ ministers and missionaries who taught me to love God and follow Him no matter what. Strangely, that's led me away from the "Church of Christ" as it exists now and to try follow God in a new way. Kind of like my own, personal, Restoration Movement, really. My "deconstruction" begain while we were in Germany as missionaries, but really hit high-gear during the COVID pandemic. The forced distance from things really gave me the space I needed to take a new look at my faith and I realized how it was more tied to the "church" than it was to God, himself. I decided to do something about that, and here we are, with me talking about my spiritual struggles for the world to hear, and you listening. Hello - welcome to the journey :-)
Nathan has hosted 65 episodes.
Hi! I'm Nathan!
Personal History: I live in Colorado, sometimes alone, and sometimes with my adventurous wife, Heather, and my son, Malachi. Heather is the newest addition to the family. Malachi and I agree she is also the best (and most likely to let Malachi roast s'mores). I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado with a brief intermission in Belgium. I attended Oklahoma Christian University to pursue a career in politics and left with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering to pursue a life of not working as an engineer. My favorite color is grey and I refuse to throw out socks with holes in them.
Faith history: "Let me esplain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up." I am equal parts prodigal son and "other brother." I somehow manage to struggle with self-righteousness AND enough soundly-lodged eye-planks to build a porch. I facebook-stalk God. But I'm trying to have a relationship now so it isn't so creepy how much I know about him, and be more of a "follower" than a "believer".
My deconstruction happened a decade ago, when I was angry with God for not bestowing-unto-me a wife (after all, I didn't drink, swear, ogle, OR cuss, what the heck God?!). I struggled alone for years with lies I had accidentally learned about purity, about God, about relationships. I caused a lot of people a lot of pain. I hit rock bottom, and finally experienced the joy that humiliation can bring. Grace that is amazing. Righteousness that is not from me. Support and love from God's people. And I ended up with an awesome son out of the deal.
I inherited a multi-generational legacy of genuine faith: Stories and memories of my grandparents make it clear they made following Jesus their priority. My mom's love for and knowledge of scripture is inspiring. My dad has a heart for the underdog and speaks up when others are afraid to. My parents are the same people at church as they are at home and everywhere else. Their example of authentic faith is one of the best gifts they have given me. I strive to follow their example, and the example of Christ. I'm a work in progress, as you'll definitely hear as you listen along!