As I have joined the forum I believe an introduction is in order.
I go by the moniker Simple Brother and I am 48 years old. My spiritual journey (for lack of a better word) has covered a wide piece of land. I became a Christian at the age of 16 after a tumultuous childhood. I spent a number of years in the Assemblies of God. In my mid 20's I had an argument with God that ended with me walking away from Him.
I spent the next eight years as a practicing pagan. I followed the usual eclectic New Age gamut (Celtic and Native American shamanism, Wicca, Goetic Thaumaturgy, as well as Chaos Magick). One Friday morning the Lord figuratively slapped my head and told me to straighten up. That was 14 years ago.
I have since been involved in two churches. One was a bapticostal non denominational church and the other a Four Square church where I serve on the board. I was ordained several years ago and my wife and I are also running a small Bible study ministry among unchurched geeks.
I have noted a particular lack of spiritual depth and knowledge of church history among "low church" congregations (Not that I'm anything special).What I do find disturbing is the lack of desire to explore the issue. It also seems that many of the "high church" denominations are falling into downright heresy(ordaining practicing homosexuals and such).
I know that no denomination or congregation is perfect. Yet, I can't help but feel that the Ancient church practices are the correct ones. Hence, the last year or so I've been actively studying the Orthodox church and incorporating what I can into my life.
Why don't I convert? Two reasons actually, The first is it would be very disruptive to my marriage. My wife is very happy where we are and as she is my first earthly priority her happiness is more important than mine. The second is I do not know if I am disciplined enough to live an "Orthodox" lifestyle. I have trouble enough keeping up with my prayer rule short and simple though it be.
So there we are. I also enjoy reading, the occasional video game and movie. I do a little art as the mood strikes me.