A great quote from the excellent Christianity Today Quick To Listen podcast:

“Often people do use the word ‘deconstruction’ to mean a rejection of faith but I think usual they don’t. Usual they’re talking about:
 
“‘Hey listen, I inherited this faith, perhaps from my parents, or from childhood and I’m realising as I get older , as I study more, as learn more, I really need to make this my own. And it’s gonna change.’
 
“I mean, how many of us can say that our faith is identical to what it was when we were teenagers? Right? That’s incredibly rare. I think in some ways we all go through subtle deconstructions in our faith. And that’s ok, as long as there’s a construction.
 
“I mean, the term ‘deconstruction’ comes from literary criticism and it doesn’t mean like it sounds like: to tear down something. It actually means to expose the tensions within a text. Right? And kind of see how it’s put together, what power dynamics are at play.
 
“And so, in the best sense, deconstruction of faith can actually be a positive thing, where you’re just giving it a closer analysis and truly trying to understand how your faith works. What’s essential, what’s inessential, what’s cultural, what’s truly biblical.
 
“I do think people can go through a healthy deconstruction that ends up with a stronger faith. And that was my prayer for Josh when I saw his announcement.” Drew Dyck (from 16:31 to 17:34) 

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Mikey graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. In 2000 he became one of the founding leaders of Crossroads Presbyterian Church where he was the lead pastor for 7 years from 2003.

Mikey now works as the Campus Director of the University Fellowship of Christians, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Mikey is the chairman of The Vision 100 Network (Tasmania) and a founding director of Geneva Push (national) – both church planting networks. He is also a chaplain at Jane Franklin Hall and the chairman of New Front Door: the Church IT Guild.

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