We’re a collected mosaic of ordinary people–if anyone can be truly said to be ordinary. As a group, we’re flung to the four corners of the United States. A few of us knew each other prior to meeting again on the Internet. Some joined our group through mutual friends, and some were just recognized as kindred spirits in other chat groups.
We tend to middle age...and younger...and maybe a little bit older. To be more accurate, we’re all in the middle between birth and death! We are men and women, about a dozen in all, representing a wide range of political convictions. Among us you will find individuals who ride street bikes and motorcycles (Harley-Davidson, no less–and a Heritage Springer, at that!) There are those who write poetry and prose and scribble about theology, who formally study theology, who design stained glass and build houses, and who love their country medical practice or emergency medicine specialty or high school students or pastorate. Engineering, dentistry, civil service, gold prospecting, and at least one history buff are among us, as are graphic design, snowboards, jet skis, and wake boards. Add physics and astronomy and geology, homemaking, sky diving and SCUBA, ceramic art, coin collections, forensic dentistry, psychology and industry, and grand kids, college kids, and little kids and pets–and we’ve got a broad spectrum of interests.
Of course there's a lot of overlap–we are only thirteen, after all, our personalities identified by not only diverse occupations, but also hobbies. Most of us were raised in church, some of us wandered for a while, and many of us are actively involved in our local congregations in one capacity or several. What we share in common is our adoration of God. We hunger to know Him as He really is and to share the relationship with others who also want to know God.
What drives us is this: From our reading of the Bible, we understand that there is a struggle between Good and Evil, between God and Satan. As an extension of this great controversy, Satan has become our enemy, too. He is the one who has made up lies about our Father-God in order to confuse us and turn us against Him. The Enemy’s most effective strategy has been to mix error with truth. Thus he has deceived angels and thus he deceives humans. How to unmask his fraud? Anybody can make declarations, claims, but that doesn’t make them true. And power isn’t the issue, either. Might it be that the truth about who God is and how His government works is the only tool that will do this job?
But often through the centuries, God’s ambassadors have let Him down. Many, even of those who claimed to know Him and represent Him, went ’way wide the mark, for various reasons. Could this be why there has been so much animosity toward Him? Could misunderstanding be the reason for fear? Might it be possible that what critics and runaways both are reacting to is only a caricature at best and a lie at worst, and not the real thing? How would people respond if they really knew God and how He works? Could this be a big part of why Jesus came–to show us that truth?
We don’t claim to have all the answers or know all the truth, but we’re on a journey to understand all we can. So far, it has only gotten better and better! So come and study with us. Share your thoughts and concerns. Most of all, join us in our aim to spread the Good News–the Great News About God!
Nathan and Ginger*–for all of us
* Some of the names listed are real names, some are nicknames, some are pen names. The purpose of identifying the writer of any piece is less to indicate authority or ownership than to allow the reader to form a logical link between various pieces by the same author, possibly even bonding with the manner of expression or common conviction.