It’s happened to me before. Perhaps it has happened to you, too. I’m hanging out with some people that are in the acquaintance category of friends. We might be in the middle of wine and one of them asks me “Okay, Jes, you’re a minister. I mean that’s super cool, but really, you’re into that Christian thing…why?” I’ve had this happen in the middle of my hair being cut, at a wine bar, and in the middle of a tattoo being finished (which was a little terrifying and I asked if that would hinder his artistry. Happy to report it’s a beautiful tattoo!).
Maybe you’ve had someone ask you that question, too “Why are you a Christian?” Maybe you’ve asked that of yourself!
It’s a great question that can be responded to in a variety of ways. This September I've been invited to speak at the national conference Why Christian? curated by NY Times Best Seller Nadia Bolz-Weber and popular Christian blogger Rachel Held Evans on this very topic. Along with 11 other diverse storytellers we will explore what attracts us to Christianity, what keeps us Christian, and what questions we have in a changing Christian culture.
For me, participating in the life and ministry of Jesus is my short response to Why Christian. Jesus disrupts, comforts, forgives, challenges, heals and shows us what it means to participate in the communion of God’s grace. I look forward to expanding these thoughts at the conference September 18-20 in Minneapolis!
What about you? How might you respond to the question Why Christian?
If you are interested in attending this event you can find the details here. I welcome the West End Collegiate Church family to consider attending this great conference. Although the event is eight months away, half of the tickets are already sold so I encourage you to check it out soon!
If you can't come to the event and are interested in participating in this conversation consider joining us for Adult Education each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and at our monthly Faith Forum after worship, where we look at this question from a variety of angles!