More than any other New Year, I’ve been reminiscing a lot lately. It’s probably because 2000 was a landmark year. I moved to Chicago after growing up in the religious deep south. It’s as if I literally did what my mind had already done. I moved from a religious place to a diverse, a-religious place.
Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta reminded me about David Hayward recently. Hayward is a pastor of a church in New Brunswick, Canada. The guy is probably one of the most creative Christians I’ve ever experienced. He draws cartoons and writes songs. I could spend a long time on his blog just clicking next to see what he’s done now. I thought that I have posted about him before, but I must have posted something on Facebook one time about him.
He openly raises questions in his church and on the blog that defy his own faith. He’s inappropriate, non-orthodox, self-admittedly hypocritical and contradictory. He’s on a search for “truth”. He’s got to be one of the most honest Christians I’ve ever happened upon.
You should go check him out. I wouldn’t support him personally, but I do think it’s pretty cool that he includes a link at the bottom of each post that says, “If you like this post, buy me a beer.”
I find him entertaining, because there was a time when I would have looked at this site, and my head probably would have exploded from listening to a “Christian” talk like this. There was a time when it would have been so sacrilegious that I would have run from it. At the same time, I would have bookmarked the page and done the rough equivilent of reading his site with a sheet over my head and a flashlight so my parents or friends wouldn’t see that I was reading such trash.
It freaks Tina out that there was a time in my life that I was so uncomfortable with all things sacriligious that I avoided them in public. In public, I hated Alice in Chains, “Man in a Box“. If I listened to the song, I would sing all the lyrics, except, “Jesus Christ, deny your maker.” I had a lot of songs like that. I should keep a list and post it here. You’d probably laugh your ass off at how pious I once thought I was.
But I digress. Here’s Hayward’s art. Go check out his blog. You may love it so much that you’ll convert.