Collecting My Thoughts

I was talking to my grandson last year when I realised that my life has consisted of two quite separate journeys. There was the Christian Journey and there was the world of a computer programmer and business analysis (very analytical and methodical) that started in 1967. These journeys only really came together when I was made redundant again in 1990.

I’ve often thought of life as having been a series of stepping stones. I’ve also seen it as a climb from one plateau to another – sometimes with a few others – sometimes only one or two – sometimes on my own for a period of time (real wilderness experiences!).

Many of the topics (in the sidebar) represent something of my own journey – how I have reached the position I am in today. But we are all on different journeys and will be at different stages at any one time.

I sense that wherever we are on our unique journeys we are all seeing things from a specific vantage point. Those of us who are still asking questions can learn so much from each other’s stories IF we are happy to take part in OPEN AND HONEST DISCUSSION (rather than a contest or a debate).

Some of the foundations of my blog that has been a work-in-progress for 17 years are:

“Personal Stories” – an article written by a friend a couple of years ago that sums up what I see as the importance of our own stories.

“Some Awkward Questions” – many of the questions that I was considering some 12 years ago – this might be helpful to anyone who has only recently been drawn to a similar journey.

“Christians, Agnostics and Atheists” – how would you define each of these words?

“Thinking!” – a topic I’d like to explore further.

“Causes of Poverty?” – Was the British Empire built on greed and selfishness – a thought that got me into a lot of trouble at school about 66 years ago!

“What is our Perception of Reality?” an important topic for discussion.

With this I sense that I have collected links to enough of my older material that still influences my current thinking.

In “Another Watershed – April 2016” I have described the impact of a lengthy podcast with Rob Bell and Richard Rohr.
Life has been very interesting since then and I recently wrote
“A Fresh Start – May 2017” at the end of which there is a link to
“Where is Progressive Christianity Heading?” and
“What does it mean to believe in God?”.

This has been my way of  bringing just some of my current thoughts together on one Page.
With that foundation I now feel free to comment on Facebook and blog in a more conventional way.