Childers will speak about her journey to finding the core of her faith in conjunction with her latest book, “Another Gospel?” at 7 p.m. Monday at North Boulevard Church of Christ, 1112 N. Rutherford Blvd. in Murfreesboro. The presentation is part of the church’s School of Christian Thought, an initiative to promote a worldview of Christianity.
The California native was raised in a Christian home where she’d seen her parents work with the hungry and homeless. When she turned 21, she moved to New York City and ran a youth center in southeast Manhattan.
She later moved back to California and joined ZOEgirl, which garnered a record deal in 1999. Childers wrote the ZOEgirl singles “I Believe,” “One Day,” and “Unchangeable.” In 2002 ZOEgirl won the New Artist of the Year award at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards.
Deeply ingrained in Christianity, the popular blogger turned her musical writing talents to print publications and has authored pieces in The Gospel Coalition, Crosswalk, the Stream, For Every Mom, Decision magazine and The Christian Post.
Journey to solid faith
Then she met a progressive pastor and began to ask questions that challenged what she’d grown up learning.
“I felt as though I had been tossed in a stormy ocean of uncertainty with no life jacket or lifeboat in sight,” Childers said on her website, alisachilders.com. “I didn’t know where to find answers to my questions, or if answers existed at all. Did I have to accept it all on some kind of blind faith? This is my journey from unreasoned doubt into vibrant, intellectually informed faith.”
“Another Gospel?: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity” was released in October 2020 and describes the journey Childers took over several years as she wrestled in her belief system
“Progressive Christianity is not simply a shift in the Christian view of social issues. It’s an entirely different religion, with another Jesus and another gospel,” Childers said.
During the in-person speaking engagement at North Boulevard, she said she will speak about how to identify progressive Christianity and how to answer questions of faith in biblically grounded truths.
Before Childers speaks, the church will begin the evening with a worship service at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Admission is free.
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