Welcome to 7 miles. The name comes from an account at the end of the Gospel of St. Luke where two disciples are walking together from Jerusalem to Emmaus, a journey of about 7 miles (app. 11kms):
They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him (Luke 24: 14-16).
This sums up pretty well the whole nature of this site. 7 miles is a reflection on discipleship. We want to know what it means, and what it is, to know and follow Jesus Christ as Lord today. We also are two guys (and good friends) on the “road to Emmaus” which means we’re also still on the journey; we haven’t arrived yet. We know that Christ walks with us, but he is also hidden from us. In many ways, it feels like we too are “kept from recognizing him.” What we mean by that is that we have difficult questions about the Christian faith and the Christian church that defy pat answers and oversimplifications.
So, like the disciples of old, we are walking and talking (and blogging): we are trying to figure things out. We both began the journey as conservative evangelicals, but we won’t finish there. Our prayer is that our minds and hearts would be enlightened by God, humbled by Christ, and nourished by the Holy Spirit along the way.