A story

During my junior year at Wheaton I took an American Church History class. The major assignment was to write a Family Religious History. So I did. And as I’m still wrestling with how ‘missional’ I am, I got to thinking about that paper. Because, we really aren’t isolated individuals who spring forth to do or not do mission. We grow up in a certain environment, with a particular history, that shapes how we press on in the world–shaping our fears, and our hopes, and our drives, and our cynicisms, offering to us experiences of generations that shape how we respond to certain contexts and questions.

So, here’s my history–the story of my family–that I come back to every few years as I assess my contribution to this well-churched tree.

Patrick Oden’s family religious history.

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