So Eaton has told me he wants me to pay him back for all his brilliant web help by fiddling around on this site, and so I've been dropped into this thing with him, who I don't know nearly as well as I'd like, and you two other guys who I wouldn't know if you you'd taken my classes. So I'm going to play a Growing-Up-Goddy meme game, and I'd like for you to play it with me. We can at least use it to compare notes on our experiences, and we might even find fodder for future posts in them.
So, have some fun with this. Fellow bloggers, I expect responses to this (and, by all means, if you think you can add useful categories, add 'em). If you're coming through and you find this interesting, you may feel free to play along in the comments; you'll be useful help for our enterprise, too.
(Heh, this Drupal thing automatically clips my post, too. We'll have to fix that. If you haven't figured it out yet, there's more behind that "Read more" link below.)
Name: Dr Chuck Pearson (yes, that's a PhD in Biophysics from Ohio State)
Job: Professor at a small Southern Baptist school (and not only do my posts here not represent them, they might disavow all knowledge of my posting here)
Youthful church background: Disgruntled United Methodist
Current religious leanings: Disgruntled United Methodist (yes, there was a period of time between my youth and now when I was not a disgruntled United Methodist)
First church culture memory: Having memory verses for Vacation Bible School come from - of all places - Romans 10. (So I've always had a weakness for Romans.)
Strangest church culture memory: Praying the sinner's prayer for the first time - while taking a friend to her Christian school's PROM. (It wasn't a real prom, mind, there was no dancing whatsoever. I'll leave it to your imagination what we actually did, and how it morphed into actually getting altar-called and praying the prayer. To be totally honest, I don't remember the details myownself - it was just brain-breaking.)
Claim to fame within church culture: Probably the cascade of posts I made to the rec.music.christian Usenet newsgroup between 1992 and 1999. Most of that time, I was a young married grad school guy. I probably got as much education out of rec.music.christian as I did out of grad school. And not just about Christian music.
First CCM song heard: "Restless Heart", Michael W. Smith
Book that changed my life: Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, Mark Noll
Most embarassing thing about church culture circa 2007: Kirk Cameron. I don't know why I'm so desperate to hide my head in the dirt every time I see him hawking this "Way Of The Master" crud. But I am.
Church culture weakness that will probably never go away: Not only am I a PUNK RAWK KID at age 35, but I will still go bonkers over a good Christian rock band. I still don't know why Luminate doesn't have a major label deal, I'm a bigger fan of Red than most of my students, and I cannot get enough of Anberlin. And yeah, I linked their MySpace pages. Wanna make something of it?