August 31st, 2006
What a long, strange trip it continues to be
When people talk about spiritual matters in the southwest United States where I grew up the discussions generally center on the experience of “getting saved.” Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is a direct, personal, life-changing event among Christians in the state of Oklahoma where I’ve lived most of my life. In my 30 years on this earth I’ve been “saved” on more than one occasion and, though my own faith journey has also been very personal and life changing, it hardly could be described as direct.
I was born to married teenage hippies in 1975, in Oklahoma City. I highly doubt we attended church as a family; my parents were too busy getting high and just chilling out.…