It may be hard to believe but I hate talking about myself. Since it is only respectful to not hide in the shadows I suppose I will cover the bare basics. I am 31. I have a B.A. with a double major of history/english. I live in Colorado. I have been married for almost 12 years and we have no children(yet anyway) unless you count dogs.
My interest in mma revolves around bjj which I have a blue belt in from Pedro Carvalho from a long time ago. I train no-gi regularly with a cadet at the AFA and have worked with other well known instructors in the past but I don't know at this point if I care about ranks or associations anymore. I have met the Rev way back in 97 when I was at Pedro's school. He started out by wanting to kick my ass because he thought I was some other guy on the internet but then he was pretty cool when he found out that wasn't me.
I was raised a Christian and have always considered myself a Christian but I wouldn't say I have ever felt attached to a particular sect. I always attended church but that was largely based on my mom's decisions and that included a house church run by my missionary great grandfather, an Assembly of God church (I think they are similar to pentecostals), a couple I don't remember the denominations of, and independent fundamentalist Baptist church, a Berean
church and a evangelical free church.
I do read a lot of C.S. Lewis as in every day more or less. He has influenced my thinking more than any other Christian or writer in general. I am trying to take in a lot of George Macdonald and G.K. Chesterton, and some more comtemporary apologists as well but Lewis will always be my favorite. I guess the fact that I get such inspiration from Christian writers who come from different sects of Christianity makes me hesitant to declare any sect "correct". I hold to the C.S. Lewis idea of mere Christianity being the most important part of belief and then everything from there is up for debate. That doesn't mean I am necessarily uncommited about doctrines but I try to give them secondary importance to the fundamentals.
I do feel an affinity for Catholicism on some levels. Certainly the intellectual richness, the art, the music, the saints who surrendered so much all appeal to me but there is a lot I don't like or relate to either. That is another thread for another day. Actually its more of a month long conversation. I wish there was a way for Christians to be united without compromising.