It brings me joy. And, I think I have something to say. This blog exists for those two reasons. I am a pastor, a husband, a dad, and a foodie. I was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2004; to this day I am still shocked that God would call me to do this work. I often joke (sort of) that, had there been a category in my high school yearbook called, “Least Likely To Become A Priest”; you may have seen my picture there. I say that because I was not a student of the bible, I was not overly “religious”; heck, I wasn’t even going to church. I have always believed in God, my faith has always meant something to me, and I was raised in the church as a child, but, never in my life did I even consider something like “Ordained Ministry”.
Yet here I am.
God has blessed me with “things” that I never thought possible. I never thought that the incredibly beautiful temporary employee that worked at the same bank as I did would even look my way; Ellen and I have been married since 1991 and I didn’t even have to beg…much. After trying unsuccessfully to have a child for 17-years and coming to the conclusion that it was not meant for us to have one; along came Lorenzo, an amazing 18-month old child that we adopted in the fall of 2008.
None of these things seemed possible at the time.
I am determined, in my ministry, to keep it real. Always. God has called me to a particular ministry in his kingdom and I am honored to be able to live it; but, I am first and foremost a human being. I have flaws. I do not preach, or write, from an, “I am the sinless dude with all the answers to your mystical, eternal questions and you, the uniformed lost souls who are listening to my voice or reading my words would do well to pay attention because my ways or higher than your ways.”
Not even close.
I struggle with the same things you struggle with and I ask the same questions. Sure, I know some things, but, I am not the font of all knowledge, nor do I want to be. Rather, I am on the journey with you. I am trying my best to figure things out and to learn, as best I can, how to live the life that God calls us all to live, most especially when it’s hard. I do not always love my neighbor. I do not always think pure thoughts. I struggle to forgive the people who say and do things that make my blood boil. We are all on the same journey. God has given me a voice that is meant to be used to open the dialogue, to try and give a certain perspective as to how we can live like “Kingdom People” when we are firmly entrenched in the “Kingdom of the World.” When Jesus says, “turn the other cheek” and our natural inclination is to fight back; how do we change this and how do we do the thing that God calls us to do? These are the kinds of questions that we all ask, whether we know it or not.
In this space, we will try to find answers.
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I hardly ever know what I am going to write until I start typing the words. I may have a thought about something. I may see something or hear something that sparks an idea. Rarely, if ever, do I know what I am going to write when I “blog”. Often, I start writing and believe …
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