About Mike

112da40bf7e30a06a24eec18dcc765b9Ni hao, world! I’m Mike Allen, just another guy who has a blog and sort of stumbles through life trying to figure it out a little bit at a time. I love Jesus, my wife, my daughter, and the life I’m living in Shanghai. And I’m trying to do better with all of those.

I’m also trying to work out what it looks like to be a theologically conservative Christian whose social and political views, sexuality, interests, and overall disposition don’t fit very neatly within the culture of the conservative church. This tension is a reoccurring theme in much of my writing, and I invite dialogue with people from all over the spectrum. I’ve learned, unlearned, and relearned a lot so far in my journey, and I look forward to future growth through interactions with others. In the end, I just want to know Jesus better.

Because really, that’s the point of it all.

17 thoughts on “About Mike”

  1. vicki gross said:

    Gee….I’m a theologically ‘liberal’ Christian (some of my college friends still call themselves ‘Christian mystics’) who taught in a theologically Christian international school for 5 years and got into trouble all the time. Just discovered you’re here via your ‘gay’ post. Would like to become ‘a follower’…

  2. Hi Mike,

    Would it be possible for me to ask you some questions via email? You should have mine, as I’m posting on here…

  3. It sounds like we have a lot in common. I’ll be following! 🙂

  4. Hello Mike! Stumbled upon your blog via SpiritualFriendship. I, too, would love it if I could correspond with you in some way… I’m not sure if you can see my e-mail address from this comment?

  5. Hi Mike! Your recent posting on SpiritualFriendship has been inspiring & provided me with determination to keep on going in life. Is it possible for me to contact you via email? Otherwise no worries! I’ll follow your future posts… in addition to the ones on SF

    • Hi NMj,

      Wow, that’s very humbling! I can’t express how thankful and happy I am to know that sharing a little of my story could make that kind of difference!

      Could you include an email address in your profile? I’d be happy to get in touch.

  6. Hi Mike,

    Sorry I’m a noob with this wordpress & profile thing. I tried including my email when I wrote my first comment. guess it didn’t work. if you could kindly email to: nathanmj2015@gmail.com
    that’ll be great. i’ll then reply you back with my original email. Thanks.

  7. Russ Deniston said:

    Hello, Mike!

    I follow Spiritual Friendship, and read your original post there and now the one that went up today. Should have responded then, but I didn’t, but I did just start following your blog today.

    We share some common things, so I’d love to dialogue a bit if you have the time. Also, you could see my Facebook page if you want to know a bit of the outwards stuff….

    Cheers,
    Russ

    • Hi Russ,

      Good to connect with you! I’ll message you so you’ll have my email address. I’ve also just added you on Facebook. (If I got the right Russ Deniston!)

  8. Hi Mike,

    I’ve read many of your blog posts and articles, and a lot of your story truly hits home for me. I was wondering if I could have a dialogue with you via email if/when you get the chance?

    • Hi there. Sorry for the late reply; I’ve had a lot going on and am just now seeing this. I’m assuming that’s you who recently added me on Facebook. If so, I’ll send my email address through there, and I’d be glad to talk.

  9. Cody Crowder said:

    Hey there, Mike. I live in Bayfield, Wisconsin and have read and contemplated some of your writings, especially on spiritual friendship. A very close friend of mine had just gotten married to his wife in July. He and I both struggle with homosexuality and so can understand part of his struggle. However, being engaged in a covenental heterosexual relationship lends itself to particular challenges and many things I can listen to but I do not feel equipped to necessarily speak powerfully into this area of their lives. They have been struggling and are thinking about marriage counseling. I will note, they do have a very solid foundation for communication; however, what they struggle in is deeper intimacy and how to approach that.

    I know he has been desiring someone older than he is who has been down this path to help guide him. If you would be interested, please send me an email! My friend would not feel disrespected by me writing this to you–rather knowing we are part of a bigger body where we can all help each other.

    Hopefully talk to you soon!

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