About Me

Hello! I’m Phil Schneider. Welcome to my blog! I’m not what you would consider “Mr. Social.” I’m very shy, to an almost ridiculous degree. You wouldn’t know it to see me teach or preach, but in person, I’m terribly shy around strangers. I have a very frustrating speech impediment that acts up when I’m nervous or excited. If that weren’t bad enough, I’m already difficult to understand because of the sometimes raspy, sometimes mumbling tone of my voice.

Since it’s so hard for me to communicate with people, I’m used to just hanging in the background and letting things happen to me. This usually results in a hilarious, sitcom-esque situation, during which I am more or less prompted to mentally exclaim, “I don’t belong here!”

This has been the story of my life for so long that I have begun to internalize this thought process of “not belonging.” Eventually, this impacted my theology. The band Switchfoot expressed this masterfully in their song “The Beautiful Letdown”:

In a world full of bitter pain and bitter doubt
I was trying so hard to fit in, fit in,
Until I found out
I don’t belong here
I don’t belong here
I will carry a cross and a song where I don’t belong
But I don’t belong

I don’t belong here
I don’t belong here
I will carry a cross and a song where I don’t belong
I don’t belong here
I don’t belong here
I’m gonna set sight and set sail for the kingdom come
Kingdom come
Your kingdom come

Not Belonging
Like my inability to fit in socially, Christians are to embrace their status as “those who don’t belong,” not to this world, to this system of self-aggrandizement, or to the path that leads to death. Hebrews 11 profiles several people and
praises countless others who lived their lives on Earth as people who didn’t belong. I particularly loves these verses:

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16 NIV)

Friends, let’s stop searching for our home on this Earth. Let’s, before anything else, seek God and His Kingdom. We don’t belong here and refusing to embrace this fact leaves many without a living expression of who Jesus is.

I don’t belong, and this site is dedicated to those awkward goofballs, those freaks and geeks, those fanatic people who have taken up their cross and are carrying it through a world where they don’t belong.

What does that mean, practically? It means that each week I will be writing with a more “heavenly” focus; which is to say, I will be blogging about eternity, about living for Heaven now, about keeping our eyes on eternity while still trying to advance the Kingdom in this temporal world. If you think that Heaven is just where Christians go when they die, you’re wrong. Our lives should be infused with Heaven, with the Kingdom of God.

A Little More About Me

I don’t really like talking about myself on these sorts of pages, so let me just list some random facts about myself in 3rd-person. That sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
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  • Phil can outrun a stampeding herd of cows, especially if they cows are running in the opposite direction.
  • Phil does not know four languages. He know’s three: English, Spanish, and ancient HTML 3.0.
  • Phil once won an award for reading more books than anyone else in his class. Sadly, there was no award “Picked On Most Times at Recess.”
  • According to Google, I’m a dead conspiracy theorist/UFO-ologist.

Seriously, I live in Illinois with my beautiful wife and daughter. I’m a writer, a teacher, and a youth pastor. I’ve also write a bit at ChurchM.ag. I love blogging, but I love Jesus more.

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