My name is Kevin Gonzaga. I am of Filipino and Dutch in heritage. I was raised on Mewok territory in Central California in a place known as Modesto.
For most of my life I was planning on serving in Christian ministry for the remainder of my life. I was raised in Catholic and Protestant traditions but over the years have been involved in and studied a variety of Christian traditions and groups. I earned my B.A. in Biblical Studies and my MA in Theology.
However, over the years I had several significant reservations and criticisms regarding Christianity that I remained silent baout. The “Pray to Jesus to get into Heaven instead of Hell” Gospel had never struck me as true, based-in-scripture, or compelling. or the whole story. Christianity also seemed incredibly compromised by other ideologies and traditions. It appeared something at the foundations of Christianity was off and no one was acknowledging it or talking about it.
During my time at seminary I became able to articulate both my concerns and alternative ways to understand faith based around the Scriptures and Messiah Jesus. While I am devoted to the God of Israel and Messiah Jesus, while I believe in the Gospel and the Scriptures, I understand these statements in radically different ways than those from within the Christian worldview. I could no longer in good faith consider myself a Christian or work in ministry anymore.
This blog originally grew out of my need to process my own personal journey of healing and faith. I grew up in a dysfunctional home, and have struggled with addiction, depression, and juvenile arthritis. I have left a few of these posts up, but have taken down most of them because the focus of my writing has clarified and matured.
For the most part this blog is devoted to speaking faithfully on issues pertaining to the marginalized, the poor and the oppressed in our society. This is because providing justice for the marginalized, the poor and the oppressed in our society is a fundamental and consistent value expressed by the God of Israel throughout scripture. A secondary focus is prophetic criticism of Christianity and Christian culture. This is because if I have a place still within the larger apparatus of Christianity, it is a prophet, a voice in the wilderness calling people back to God.
While many of these posts will be controversial and opinionated, I am old enough to know I do not have exclusive access to the truth and need dialogue. So I welcome all comments, even and especially if you disagree with me.