Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who encouraged me to start blogging – something I had never considered doing. I had always thought blogging was essentially ‘blaaahing’, waxing on and on with no one caring except the blogger. But he challenged me to look at it from a different perspective. He said blogging was just another venue to do what I do every Sunday as a pastor when I help people live out their Christian faith in the real world. And why I would limit it to just Sundays? Made sense!
So then, what is ‘Faith in the Real World’?
If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that living out your faith in church on Sunday can be very different from the real world. It is really easy to compartmentalize God and become extremely duplistic as a Christian.
I became a Christian in 1975 during the Jesus movement. I spent 12 years as a musician, guitar teacher, and recording artist in a Christian rock band. I went to college, seminary, worked in corporate business, and for the past 19 years, have pastored a church in Southern California. I’ve been married since 1982 and have children and grandchildren. I say all that to give you a glimpse into the journey I’ve been on with Jesus for almost 40 years. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the globe, meet lots of people, and be exposed to many facets of life.
My goal in starting this blog is to draw on my 40 years of life experience with Jesus and to help people walk with Him 24/7, integrating spiritual life into everyday life. I hope to encourage, challenge, and enlighten your thinking on church, culture, business, family, relationships, art, music, and entertainment, i.e. the real world!
I also hope to get to know you and learn from you.
So here it is! My official first blog post to say, hi! I’m the new guy on the blog block and I hope we can be friends. If not, I understand and I won’t take it personally, but let’s at least give it a shot and see what God might have in store as we live out our faith in the real world together.
Oh, I almost forgot… My name is Mark Ambrose, what’s yours?