Interesting little NYT article about evangelical sk8 boarders. This is how I met my husband, at Skate Church. I had a friend who was a “counselor” there and he invited me one night. My husband (and his two brothers) were avid skaters who liked to skate the ramp there. I met him the first night I went and knew I would marry him the moment I met him :).
Skate church was kind of funny because the poor skaters would have to sit through a sermon before they were allowed to skate. I guess the ramp was really good and attracted a lot of people because they seemed willing to be put through that. There were a lot of skateboarders who became born again christians because of it. This was the begining of my 3 year adventure in evangelical christiandom. It started with skate church and got weirder and weirder. We finally got out of it when we began questioning what we were being told to believe. We began questioning the “word of faith” movement led by Kenneth Hagin. The pentecostal church that we belonged to was heavily into the Word of Faith. We got out of that by reading the book, Christianity in Crisis, and, ironically, reading this book started us on our road to getting out of Christianity altogether. I guess once you start questioning things you realize how absurd the Christian religion is. At least that’s how it was for me. Granted, it served it’s purpose in my life. I really needed the born-again experience at that time in my life, I guess. But getting mixed up in fundamentalism I didn’t need at all.