On September 5th, Frances made its grand entrance on the east coast, while I was unexpectedly entering into the world of scholarship. Now, please don't comment on how Lee Strobel is not a scholar, I'm quite aware of this. This book introduced me to scholars. It was something that strangely interested me. I hated history and reading most ancient texts, it reminded me of school. But it captivated me nonetheless. I devoured the book in a couple of days and was searching for something else to read, something a little more in depth. I had realized that my knowledge of Church history, especially the early Church, was miniscule. Theology didn't interest me yet, just history. So, I purchased a book on Church history, which, if I do recall correctly, I was reading during the next hurricane. It was this book that opened me up to theology and philosophy, so I picked up more books, one of them was Norman Geisler's Introduction to Philosophy. The more I read the more I realized how little I knew. I sat with a dictionary and reference book on apologetics/philosophy by my side to look up all the names, -isms, and -ologies I didn't know. It was an exciting and scary time. I began to question things more and more.
Around this same time, Calvary Chapel was restructuring its college age group. My good friend, Richie, and I were involved. Along with our leader, Brian, and two other friends, we went to work on redefining this group/ministry. Richie, my other good friend Chris (we had played in several bands together over the years), and I were in the worship band. Brian and, another good friend, Josh were involved in the leadership. But early on, it was definitely Richie and me that had the vision for the group. Like many twentysomethings we had been reading about the emerging church...anyone familiar with them will know the direction we wanted to take.
A couple of months after launching the college age group, I stepped down from my position at the church, I couldn't handle it anymore. I had enough money saved up at the time that I didn't have to work much, just freelance some. So, I had a surplus of free time. I used this time to study and study and study. Between being mostly jobless and the college age ministry I was being prepared for something else. The year was coming to a close and the new year was dawning. Little did I know, that 2005 would be one of the most challenging years of my life.