My name is Maury Robertson and I was the most religious guy you’ll ever meet—but I’m recovering.
Two years ago, I resigned my seminary professorship and left the church I had pastored for over 20 years. You can check out the story here if you like.
Life after religion was scary and lonesome. My beliefs were shattered. Life was no longer defined by a religious routine. Old friends treated me like a missions project. I was forced to rethink everything.
Curb Your Dogma is a place where I am working things out. I am in constant beta state. The last thing I want is to get you to believe what I believe. I do hope I can be useful in helping you discover what you believe. Love is the surest path to truth. Whatever you believe, I have room in my heart for you.
I grew up in the wheat fields of the Palouse, in Eastern Washington. I loved to traipse across the fields with my dog, Brute, and backpack in the Bitterroot mountains with my dad.
After high school, I majored in music and played french horn professionally with the Boise Philharmonic.
In 1986, I moved to San Francisco to attend Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now Gateway). I earned a Masters and a Ph.D., but the best thing I got out of these years was my wife, Julie.
In 1991, we moved to Yuba City, California where I pastored my first church. It was a disaster. After six months, it went through a split that tore friends and families apart. From one of the smoking remnants we started River Valley Christian Fellowship. This became the loving congregation I pastored for over 20 years.
While a pastor, I built a house, wrote articles for the local paper, fished the Feather River, made music, grew addicted to road biking, studied Biblical Greek, became a seminary professor, and had three kids.
In the spring of 2014, I resigned my church. In the fall of 2016, I resigned from seminary. I was dying for a genuine connection with God.
Julie and I now roam the country in our little fiberglass trailer, devoting our lives to Anchorpoint, a home for pilgrims and other lost souls who seek authentic Christian spirituality.
You might also enjoy my personal blog where I also explore spiritual themes.