Growing up, my parents rarely took us to Church, we never said grace before meals, I was never taught the Bible, and the only meaning behind Christmas and Easter was food and presents.
I've recently started attending Church and youth group with a friend of mine and I've learned a LOT, but I still have a ton of questions regarding faith and the Bible. I want to call myself a Christian, but sometimes I still have doubts. Would anyone be willing to discuss these things with me via e-mail or Skype?
My e-mail is kaylarryan(at)gmail.com
Skype name: KaylaRRyan
Just say something like DFTBA so that I know you are a nerdfighter.
Also, any Christian music suggestions? I love listening to pretty much any genre of music, but currently the only Christian music that I listen to is by Matthew West.
Also, any good books, other than the Bible, that would help me learn more about faith?
Two from days gone by that mean anything to me are Five Iron Frenzy and Jars of Clay. There's also a band out of Portland that is the band for a church that some of my friends go to. They are called Agents of Future and write the most sincere, best sounding worship music I've ever heard. But for the most part, nothing that you hear on Christian radio. It's like they don't even try to make it good, just put a Bible in a blender and call it Christian. Meh. In my church we sing a lot of folk rock spirituals and that works for us.
I recommend these books: "The Irresistible Revolution" by Shane Claiborne, "The Secret Message of Jesus" by Brian McLaren, "Messy Sprituality" by Mike Yaconelli, "Bruchko" by Bruce Olson, "Unladylike: Resisting the Injustice of Inequality in the Church" by Pam Hogewiede
I'll send you my skype name in case you want to talk sometime.
Music wise I listen to heavier stuff and some good bands for that are Manafest, Thousand Foot Krutch pillar and Manic Drive (although Manic Drive is a bit more electronica) and book wise the Rebelution (yep thats how its spelled) is a good book and i am a space junkie so the creator and the cosmos in another good one
I second Five Iron Frenzy!
Oh and also Havalina Rail Co./Havalina. There's somewhere that you can get their album Russian Lullabies for free online.
I would love to discuss some things! I always enjoy talking to people about Christ because it may help them learn and it also helps me learn. I know you posted this discussion a while ago, but I've been out of the loop for awhile. If you still need any insights, feel free to skype message me (mpittman5).
Also if you like reading, I would reccomend CS Lewis's Mere Christianity if you want some insightful views about Christ.