As we would say in the south, “I was raised right!” My family attended church off and on. Being a navy family, we moved frequently so I went to quite a few schools and churches. I remember being in Christmas programs, singing in a children’s choir and was active in youth groups, but I remember thinking church and worship were boring.

In college, I could do what I wanted which did not include attending church. There were a couple of years I was active, but I soon drifted away again. My excuse? “I work six days a week in a suit and tie. Why dress up on my only day off?” I was among the many who were raised in church, exposed to the teachings of Jesus, but chose to stay away. “I believed in God but didn’t feel any need to be in church.”