The “stages” of my faith journey:
1) The goal is to be right. About everything. Doctrinal precision. If you’re not right, you’re wrong. Way wrong.
2) The goal is to be the Right (or, possibly, the Left). We get done what needs to get done through the power of civil religion. (This was a very short-lived “stage” stemming from my educational environment.)
3) The goal is to join God in his setting things Right. This is such a joy. Thank you, thank you to my guides—N. T. Wright, John Stott, Barbara Brown Taylor, John Howard Yoder, Walter Brueggemann, John Willis, Richard Hays, Henri Nouwen, Dallas Willard, Megan, Eugene Peterson, Scot McKnight, Landon Saunders, Michael Gorman, Luke Timothy Johnson. And so many others.