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Hello friend, thanks for dropping by.  My name is Glenn and I'm a blogger / podcaster / difference maker at the What If Project.  I work at an Apple Retail Store and am a doctoral student who used to pastor a church.  I say "used to" because I don't do it anymore (in the traditional sense of the word, anyways).  It's not that I gave up on the church or God or anything like that.  

Nah.

... I just got tired.

To summarize, I got tired of the politics of the church.  

Tired of being hesitant of what to preach.  

Tired of wondering how to word something in a sermon so I didn't make half the church angry.  

Tired of being responsible to get more money in the plates.  

Tired of the late night board meetings where we'd talk about stuff that didn't really matter.  

Tired of always feeling like I needed to do more.  

Tired of never having done enough.  

AND.

Tired of the stories of people who swear they'll never step foot in a church because of how they were shamed by the church growing up, made to feel like God was angry at them, made to feel like they didn't matter or weren't good enough because of who they were, how they lived.  

So tired.

And so I went and got a job at Apple where I've been working in one of their retail stores for the last 9-ish years.  But since I love school so much and missed seminary (yeah, I'm weird), I decided to go back and get my doctorate.  I'm due to graduate in May 2019 with a 170 page dissertation that tackles the topic of how the church can utilize social media and technology to make a difference in the world.  

And so here I am, working to make a difference.  

The What If Project is like a lifeboat that travels behind the cruise ship of the church or Christianity, catching all the people who fall off or jump off or get pushed off.  It's a place for the misfits.  A place for the people who have questions.  A place for the people who are tired of simple answers.  A place for people who think differently.  A place for people who always wanted to be accepted, but never felt like they could be accepted in the church.  A place for people who long to feel loved, to hear that they're loved, to hear the Good News of Jesus' Gospel - that everyone is welcome, even them.

It's not a place to take the place of church, mind you.  I guess it could be that for some people, but it's not necessarily designed to be.  It's meant, rather, to be an oasis for people who have fallen off the cruise ship of the church or mainline Western / North American evangelical Christianity (i.e. Jesus died for your sins so that God wouldn't have to have you tortured when you die - believe it, tell everyone about it, and be thankful you're not going to hell) and find themselves wading through the dry sands of the desert ... feeling drawn to God and Jesus, but feeling like the God and Jesus they are drawn to aren't reflected all that well in the church or Christianity.  

That said, we explore 2 big questions:

(1) What if there are ways of understanding God, faith, the Bible, spirituality, etc. that are different than the ways our traditions have handed us?  

AND.

(2) What if there are ways of bringing church to people instead of trying to bring (drag?) people to church?  

And so if you haven't thrown your computer or phone through a window yet and you're interested in supporting this project, you'll see 4 different levels of sponsorship inviting you to pledge a certain amount of money each month, 3 of which have their own reward or way of saying thank you.  Whatever money you decide to give will go towards paying for the hosting of the website, the podcast, etc. and then will be saved to purchase a more quality microphone and a few other items that will continue to help the project evolve and grow.  

Take a look around and thanks so much for the consideration.  Much love to you and yours.

- Glenn
Tiers
Just Because I Like The What If Project
$3 or more per month

For the price of a cup of coffee you can help me keep the lights on at the What If Project. 


What? 


Yeah. Because believe it or not it costs money to host the podcast, host the blog, etc. Last year I paid for the year up front and so this year (with your help) I'd like to do the same.

Or, heck, if you're really feeling adventurous you can even offer to just pick up the tab for all of next year. Email me and we can talk - [email protected] 


(Hey, a guy can ask.)

Bonus Stuff
$7 or more per month

For the price of a couple of lattes I'll share some stuff that's hot off the press.  Or airwaves.  Or ... whatever.  HA!  Once every couple of months you'll get special content that I may or may not eventually release publicly - blog posts, podcast episodes, vlogs, etc.  

Heretic Of The Quarter Club
$20 or more per month

For $20 a month you'll get the level 2 reward plus I'll send you a book at the end of every quarter (every 3 months, if you're keeping track) written by a theologian or thinker that probably doesn't make the church too excited. The book will be one that I've read at some point over the last few years and has made an impact on me and my own spiritual life.


Oh, this one will be fun.

Let's Talk About The Heretic
$30 or more per month

For $30 a month you'll get the level 2 and 3 rewards plus I'll set up a phone call with you once a quarter to talk about the Heretic Of The Quarter book. 


(This will be REALLY fun.)


We'll block off an hour to talk about the author, what he/she talks about in the book, and what kind of thoughts or questions it's raised in your head.  We might do this as a group with everyone involved in this tier AND we might even be able to get the heretic, I mean, author to join us every once in a while.

Goals
28% complete
$500 a month would put me well on my way to moving towards the dream of doing this on a part-time and eventually full-time basis.  The What If Project is something that has been growing in my heart for a long time and my dream is to write, podcast, and hit the streets of North Carolina and beyond all day, everyday.  
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Hello friend, thanks for dropping by.  My name is Glenn and I'm a blogger / podcaster / difference maker at the What If Project.  I work at an Apple Retail Store and am a doctoral student who used to pastor a church.  I say "used to" because I don't do it anymore (in the traditional sense of the word, anyways).  It's not that I gave up on the church or God or anything like that.  

Nah.

... I just got tired.

To summarize, I got tired of the politics of the church.  

Tired of being hesitant of what to preach.  

Tired of wondering how to word something in a sermon so I didn't make half the church angry.  

Tired of being responsible to get more money in the plates.  

Tired of the late night board meetings where we'd talk about stuff that didn't really matter.  

Tired of always feeling like I needed to do more.  

Tired of never having done enough.  

AND.

Tired of the stories of people who swear they'll never step foot in a church because of how they were shamed by the church growing up, made to feel like God was angry at them, made to feel like they didn't matter or weren't good enough because of who they were, how they lived.  

So tired.

And so I went and got a job at Apple where I've been working in one of their retail stores for the last 9-ish years.  But since I love school so much and missed seminary (yeah, I'm weird), I decided to go back and get my doctorate.  I'm due to graduate in May 2019 with a 170 page dissertation that tackles the topic of how the church can utilize social media and technology to make a difference in the world.  

And so here I am, working to make a difference.  

The What If Project is like a lifeboat that travels behind the cruise ship of the church or Christianity, catching all the people who fall off or jump off or get pushed off.  It's a place for the misfits.  A place for the people who have questions.  A place for the people who are tired of simple answers.  A place for people who think differently.  A place for people who always wanted to be accepted, but never felt like they could be accepted in the church.  A place for people who long to feel loved, to hear that they're loved, to hear the Good News of Jesus' Gospel - that everyone is welcome, even them.

It's not a place to take the place of church, mind you.  I guess it could be that for some people, but it's not necessarily designed to be.  It's meant, rather, to be an oasis for people who have fallen off the cruise ship of the church or mainline Western / North American evangelical Christianity (i.e. Jesus died for your sins so that God wouldn't have to have you tortured when you die - believe it, tell everyone about it, and be thankful you're not going to hell) and find themselves wading through the dry sands of the desert ... feeling drawn to God and Jesus, but feeling like the God and Jesus they are drawn to aren't reflected all that well in the church or Christianity.  

That said, we explore 2 big questions:

(1) What if there are ways of understanding God, faith, the Bible, spirituality, etc. that are different than the ways our traditions have handed us?  

AND.

(2) What if there are ways of bringing church to people instead of trying to bring (drag?) people to church?  

And so if you haven't thrown your computer or phone through a window yet and you're interested in supporting this project, you'll see 4 different levels of sponsorship inviting you to pledge a certain amount of money each month, 3 of which have their own reward or way of saying thank you.  Whatever money you decide to give will go towards paying for the hosting of the website, the podcast, etc. and then will be saved to purchase a more quality microphone and a few other items that will continue to help the project evolve and grow.  

Take a look around and thanks so much for the consideration.  Much love to you and yours.

- Glenn

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Tiers
Just Because I Like The What If Project
$3 or more per month

For the price of a cup of coffee you can help me keep the lights on at the What If Project. 


What? 


Yeah. Because believe it or not it costs money to host the podcast, host the blog, etc. Last year I paid for the year up front and so this year (with your help) I'd like to do the same.

Or, heck, if you're really feeling adventurous you can even offer to just pick up the tab for all of next year. Email me and we can talk - [email protected] 


(Hey, a guy can ask.)

Bonus Stuff
$7 or more per month

For the price of a couple of lattes I'll share some stuff that's hot off the press.  Or airwaves.  Or ... whatever.  HA!  Once every couple of months you'll get special content that I may or may not eventually release publicly - blog posts, podcast episodes, vlogs, etc.  

Heretic Of The Quarter Club
$20 or more per month

For $20 a month you'll get the level 2 reward plus I'll send you a book at the end of every quarter (every 3 months, if you're keeping track) written by a theologian or thinker that probably doesn't make the church too excited. The book will be one that I've read at some point over the last few years and has made an impact on me and my own spiritual life.


Oh, this one will be fun.

Let's Talk About The Heretic
$30 or more per month

For $30 a month you'll get the level 2 and 3 rewards plus I'll set up a phone call with you once a quarter to talk about the Heretic Of The Quarter book. 


(This will be REALLY fun.)


We'll block off an hour to talk about the author, what he/she talks about in the book, and what kind of thoughts or questions it's raised in your head.  We might do this as a group with everyone involved in this tier AND we might even be able to get the heretic, I mean, author to join us every once in a while.