About Mike P. Taylor

I help people understand God’s goodness in a fresh way so they can have genuine faith, build strong families, do meaningful work, experience personal growth, and reshape modern culture.

I don’t admit this to just anyone, but I was born in Mississippi.

I don’t know why, but I feel like my saving grace is that I moved as a child and was raised in Alabama. I guess Alabama felt like an upgrade to a 9-year-old boy. And now that I live in Tennessee, I feel like I’ve really upgraded (if you think I’m crazy, go to Mississippi).

The point is, after living in 3 of the most southern states in America (both geographically and culturally), I feel like it’s safe to say I’m a true southerner.

And like a true southerner, I grew up in a baptist church. We were in church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. I did sword drills, sang in the choir, and did that weird synchronized bell thing church kids do around Christmas every year.

Then, when I was 12 years old, my older sister, who was 15 years old at the time, died in a car accident. It shook my family to its foundation and ultimately tore us apart. My parents divorced, we stopped going to church, and I began questioning everything I believed about God.

So I decided if I couldn’t control the bad things that were bound to happen, I was going to at least have a good time while I was here.

I started drinking alcohol and smoking weed at around age 13. I started partying every weekend and got arrested for the first time at age 14. I was drifting and oblivious to the path I was headed down.

By the time I was 17 years old, I had planned out the life I thought would fulfill me. I planned to join the military, travel the country, and fight and die honorably for my country so people would remember my name. And I was only a couple of months away from making my dream a reality when I got arrested again and put on probation. And just like that, I had flushed my only dream down the drain. 

I felt completely lost. My faith was nonexistent. I battled hopelessness, depression, fear, anxiety, and panic attacks. Even though I knew I needed God, I wanted nothing to do with the church environment I grew up in. So I kept drifting.

I struggled with alcohol, I got arrested two more times, I wasted 10 years in college before I dropped out, I quit 8 full-time jobs in 8 years, and I moved back in with my parents well into my twenties. Life was a mess.

It wasn’t until my girlfriend (now my wife) got pregnant with our first son that my thinking started shifting. Enough was enough. I needed to know what I believed and what I was living for before my kids got old enough to see their Dad drifting like I was. At that point, I struggled daily with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. I was miserable at home and miserable at work, and I was ready to give up.

That was when I decided I was done floating aimlessly through life. I knew there was something major missing inside me – a hole I kept trying to fill that felt bottomless. And I knew that if God were real, only he could fill that void. But I had never met God – I only knew the Bible stories I was taught as a kid, and they meant very little to me as an adult. So I started searching for him.

I learned everything I could and was willing to do whatever was necessary to figure out if God’s love was more than fairy tales told in Sunday School. Over the next several years, I wrestled with the hardest questions I’d ever asked about God. Though it wasn’t easy, I came out the other side with the clearest picture of God’s heart I’d ever known – and it wasn’t the one I learned about in church growing up. 

I found hope, peace, confidence, faith, and purpose like I never had before. I finally found freedom from the stale religion that left me with a misconstrued view of God. Anxiety, OCD, and depression no longer crippled me. I started living on purpose – building a legacy of genuine faith that my kids and grandkids could stand on when I’m gone. And for the first time in my life, I knew what real peace was.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

God also said this of his people: “I will bring health and healing to [them]; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” (Jeremiah 33:6)

And he promises this for those who trust in him: “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” (Psalm 91:5-7)

Yet for many Christians, this peace the Bible talks about isn’t so common.

There’s still something major missing inside of them – a hole they keep trying to fill that feels bottomless. The pursuit of all the wrong things has led to mental health issues and relational damage.

One study found that, percentage-wise, Christians today struggle with anxiety, and depression, and other mental health issues about the same as the general population of U.S. adults. 34% of practicing Christians say anxiety and depression impact their most important relationships. That’s only 6% less than all U.S. adults who reported the same thing (40%).

And the world has noticed that Christians lack peace.

Another study found that only 9% of non-Christians said that their perception of Evangelicals was positive or slightly positive. When asked what they thought were any negative contributions of Christianity, one out of five Americans mentioned “violence or hatred incited in the name of Jesus Christ.”

When asked to describe their perception of Evangelicals in general, some of the most common words used by non-Christians were:

  • Narrow-minded
  • Homophobic
  • Misogynistic
  • Puritanical (strict)
  • Uptight

Clearly, the Church – in America at least – isn’t being the light of the world that Jesus said it would be. (Matthew 5:14)

Only 9% of non-Christians said that their perception of Evangelicals was positive or slightly positive.

– Barna Study

Christians certainly aren’t exempt from mental health issues, but the fact that Christians – the people who know the one true source of peace – significantly struggle with hatred, anger, fear, anxiety, depression should concern us. Especially when the Bible promises so much more for followers of Jesus. Something’s clearly not lining up.

Of course, most Christians know that God is the only one who can fill their mental, emotional, and spiritual voids, but sadly, too many Christians have never truly met God. They’ve only learned about characters in Bible stories they were taught as kids.

But God’s love is so much more than a Sunday School lesson. He’s complex and deep and willing to engage in the friction of endless love meeting endless grace. And once we start seeing the real picture of God’s heart, we’ll see that it’s typically not the one we learned about in church growing up. 

It’s time we start living with true hope, peace, confidence, faith, and purpose like never before. It’s time we finally find freedom from the stale religion that has left so many of us with a misconstrued view of God. It’s time we actually live on purpose – building a legacy of real faith that the next generation can stand on when we’re gone.

I want to help you dig into what it really means to walk with God in the middle of a broken culture instead of just playing church.

It’s time we get back to living lives that revolve around the goodness of God – not just on Sunday and not just in a church building.

It’s time we re-think what it means to live as Christ-followers who are both redeemed and broken and who are living and engaging with a culture that badly needs Jesus. That goes for “church-goers” just as much as it goes for the “unchurched”.

That’s what I’m here for: To communicate God’s love in a way that makes sense, re-shape how we understand God’s goodness, and influence the culture for good.

Biblical, practical, and relevant content and experiences that re-shape how modern culture understands the goodness of God.

Here’s what I believe:

God is real.
  • There’s more than enough evidence for the existence of God.
  • Therefore we should bring genuine faith to the culture.
God prefers broken people.
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
  • Therefore we should bring genuine hope to the culture.
God is not waiting for you to change.
  • God wants you to know him more than he wants you to obey him.
  • Therefore we should bring genuine love to the culture.

My most important goal is that everyone who interacts with me walks away seeing that God is better than they thought.

The truth is, I’m exactly like you – we’re on the same journey. And I want to share what I’ve learned through the years about what it really means to walk with God instead of just playing church.