Doing Church

Since I announced on Facebook the other day that I launched this website, I’ve been pretty amazed at the amount of feedback I’ve gotten from folks, many who’ve been asking what my first “real” post would be about.  I have decided that, since I hope to focus largely on faith issues, it would not be appropriate to begin without providing some notion of how I have come to understand God and how He is at constant work in His creation.  So, the first several of my posts will be an autobiographical series of sorts in which I will discuss how I have come to know God and understand His role in my life.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been given the blessing of being raised by Christian parents, who, from an early age, taught me that God deserves to be worshiped and not ignored.  Indeed, most of my earliest memories are set in a small United Methodist Church in my hometown of McKenney, Virginia, where I would attend weekly services with my mother and father.  My mother was the church custodian at that time, and I can remember helping her with the weekly cleaning — crawling around on the floor under the pews with the dust-buster, “helping” out, though I’m pretty sure I was probably more in the way than I was much of a help.

For most of my life, though, I mostly associated God with church and the “visit” I knew it was my duty to pay Him each Sunday morning.  I knew that some people carried God with them everywhere, and worked to build a relationship with Him that transcended the four walls of the sanctuary.  Indeed, I longed for that sort of relationship with God, and I tried to “get it,” but I always gave up, and never learned how to build it.  I seldom ever prayed, and though I was confirmed into the United Methodist Church as a fifth-grader, I didn’t really start to come to “know God” until after I graduated high school. (more…)

Welcome!

Welcome to my new website!  I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a personal website since late 2007, when my new college commitments made it impossible to continue spending time working on another web project I started in high school, a political community site called PeacefulAssembly.org.

After several months thinking up what I’d like the site to look like, and then a couple weeks of piddling with HTML, CSS, and PHP script, I’ve finally got something that I can live with putting live.  There’re still plenty of bugs and design issues that I need to take care of, but I think I have something that is, for now, at least half-way functional.

I should warn you that what you’re looking at now is an experiment.  Since around June of 2009, I’ve been looking for an outlet to release ideas about faith, politics, Christian living, and other topics of personal interest.  I hope this site will serve that purpose, but even more importantly, I hope that it will serve as a motivation to encourage me to write.  I’ve found that writing helps me to translate jumbles of thoughts and ideas into more connected and coherent concepts.  In other words, I’ll be using this site to better organise my thoughts and better sort out what it is that I really believe.  This is, essentially, an experiment in self-improvement, with God’s help.

For more, check out the About page.  Stay tuned for new posts and more content as time goes on.

About me

J. Adam Craig
Bridgewater, Virginia


Currently a junior at Bridgewater College, I am majoring in History & Political Science with a minor in Computer Information Systems. I also work part time, remotely and on-site, for Pamplin Historical Park as their Education and Information Technology Assistant.

My other activities include studying God's Word, listening to Southern Gospel music, playing the piano, studying history and politics, experimenting with technology, and of course, spending time with family and friends -- all to the glory of God! (more...)