[Who am I ?
My name is Bill Turri. I'm 27 years old, I've been married to my wife Alyson for just over one year, and I think some of you guys were too quick to claim the "most beautiful girl in the world" title
I work as an electrical engineer, and my hobbies include photography, hiking, skiing, cycling, and now theology!
Where am I from?
I have lived in Dayton, OH since 1987. Before that I lived in southern Florida, and before that, Texas (while my dad was still in the Army).
How did I become a Christian?
I can't look back and point to one instant in time when I became a Christian. I claim no powerful conversion experience, but rather a very long and progressive understanding of Christ and my relationship to Him. I was raised in a Christian home, but my parents sort of "gave up" on attending church when I was very young. Once I got to college, I figured I'd go "lone-ranger" style with just me, Jesus, and the Bible. It quickly became just me and Jesus. Then, just me! It's been in the last 2 years that I have come to discover just how unfounded my beliefs were in the past. I think I finally realized that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" actually included me
, and I was baptized on April 10 of this year by a minister who has also become a very good friend of mine.
Braveheart is my all-time favorite, by far. It's a portrait of a person who comes to know himself and is forced to decide what's worth fighting for, and what's worth dying for. Recently, I think my favorite movie may have been The Village, because of its excellent (in my opinion) portrayal of human sin.
Coke or Pepsi ?
Funny...used to be Pepsi, but now it's Coke. Actually, now it's Coke Zero. The times, they are a-changin'!
Something I find interesting about myself
That my greatest strength can also my greatest weakness. I analyze everything (and I do mean, EVERYTHING) in detailed, logical categories. I'm rarely caught off-guard or unprepared, but I also can't make a quick decision to save my life! I've been reading "Love Your God With All Your Mind" and I'm happy to see that others think the church needs to return to a more intellectual stance, but I sometimes fear that I may lose the forest in the trees.
Well, that's me in a nutshell! I look forward to discussions with this group...with so many ages, backgrounds, and experiences, it should make for some great perspectives!