Michael Hidalgo writes:"I grew up in a Christianized world. I always attended Christian schools, and after high school, I even went to a Bible school for a year before eventually going to a Christian college. All the while, I was...
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Michael Hidalgo writes:"I grew up in a Christianized world. I always attended Christian schools, and after high school, I even went to a Bible school for a year before eventually going to a Christian college. All the while, I was never interested in what others thought I should do and not do. I never really saw myself as a bad kid, mind you. I was just a guy who enjoyed partying and all the things that came with that. "However, in my Christianized world, my way of life was considered horribly sinful. Many frequently let me know their opinion of my behavior--even if I didn't ask. . . ."So I wandered further. . . ."The more I wandered, the more lost I became. I'm not sure where exactly I was, but I do know that I was a long way from home. Even still, as far as I wandered, something inside me could not let go of the idea that maybe if I did turn toward home God would run to me. "Every once in a while, I would open myself to the idea of grace, and it would make sense."The is a journey of the mind as well as the heart as Michael uncovers for us the false views of God that were causing him to wander and leads us to the true God of the Bible who is waiting with open arms.
Michael Hidalgo is the lead pastor of Denver Community Church, which under his leadership has grown from 40 people to over 1,500. A graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Michael served alongside Ed Dobson as a teaching pastor at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With the ONE Campaign and Malaria No More, Michael has addressed thousands nationally. He writes regularly for Relevant Magazine and Sojourners. Michael, his wife and three children live in Denver.
- Introduction: God Found Me
- 1 A Couple Of Couples
- 2 Naked In Delight
- 3 Denials, Leaves, Bushes And Lies
- 4 More Than Maggots
- 5 It’s All Falling Apart
- 6 Everything Changes, And Everything Stays The Same
- 7 Building Mountains
- 8 You Are Me For Everyone Else
- 9 Take Me Back To The Start
- 10 That’s It, But Not All
- 11 A Theology Of Graffiti
- 12 The New Fig Leaf
- 13 And It Goes Like This
- 14 Lay Down Your Guns And Everything Else
- 15 Closer Than Heaven
- Further Reading