Hi folks, just in case you were wondering why there are no posts, I have been on vacation.

Really quick: many people have expressed concern for me due to my last post on “leaving” Christ. Some of you know how I roll and know that this is just the way I often blog. I appreciate so many of your emails and calls of concern. You all are great. Please know that when I blog, I will often talk about things that may suggest a shipwreck of faith due to the confessions involved. I know I take a risk when I put myself out there in such a way. But please understand that it is just me. Yes, those posts are expressive of my life and thoughts, but they are often only from the dark places. Rest assured that the light places are there too.

I am sorry if my posts sometimes miscommunicate and sound a alarms that I don’t intend. I try to be careful and intentional with such things. I pray that this type of transparency is helpful for all of us to be real. I know how hard and how risky it can be.

Our God is strong my friends. There is nothing I love more than doing what I do and serving my Lord. I think you need to know that.


C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Find him everywhere: Find him everywhere

    4 replies to "On Break and Short Message About My Last Post"

    • Stuart

      I for one love your honesty and transparency. I know that I have times of being in ‘dark places’ and it’s more than heartening to know that I’m not alone with this.

      I wouldn’t appreciate the ‘light places’ as much if I didn’t experience the dark.

      There are not many as brave and ‘risky’ as you and long may it last.

      Our God is strong.

    • John From Down Under

      Which is why you have rock-solid-Hodge as a regular that doesn’t blink an eyelid so he can portray the ‘other’ side 🙂

    • Tony

      Honesty is more instructive than faking happiness. Too many Christians think they’re supposed to fake it when inside they’re miserable. This blog a breath of fresh air. Please keep being honest.

    • Leslie Jebaraj

      Michael, not once have I thought you have ‘left’ Jesus while reading your honest posts. Maybe because I too struggle with these things. Thank you for giving me ‘permission’ to be transparent!

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