It’s All About Me
I was actually born and raised on a small farm outside of a very small town in northwestern Minnesota that’s only real claim to fame is appearing in the snow scenes of the movie Fargo. It was a lot like growing up somewhere between Little House on the Prairie and Lake Woebegon. And, being from NW Minnesota, I was obviously raised Lutheran, a darn good thing to be raised as, you betcha.
I have recently co-authored the book The Gospel Uncensored with Ken Blue. TGU explores Paul’s letter to the Galatians and addresses why what Paul said matters to the church today. You can check out the books website here. Or, you can just trust me and buy the book.
I worked for many, many years as a commercial insurance claims specialist, while also serving as lay pastor/elder/board member of a couple of churches where I led many small groups and Bible studies.
My current vocational interests and pursuits are in the areas of conflict management, mediation, and leadership. I believe that conflict is an inherent feature in life, and that people can be more effective if they can better learn to positively manage conflict. I can show you how to do that. For more information on that, you can visit my current business blog, icresolution.com.
I have opinions on nearly everything, including politics, which I try not to write about too often. I’m generally conservative, but not wacko. Theologically, I am perhaps best described as a conservative Episco-Lutheran. I spent 30 years or more in various non-liturgical evangelical churches, but currently attend an Episcopal church (I have to say here that I don’t agree with the direction the Episcopal church or the ELCA is going). I tend to like theologians like NT Wright, Alistair McGrath, Phillip Cary and the late Robert Webber. I also have a respect for the Eastern Orthodox churches. I have a problem with Calvinism.
I have never stopped believing in grace and the three solas: sola gratia, sola fida, solus Chrisus. You can read more about this in my new book with Ken Blue, The Gospel Uncensored—How only grace leads to freedom.
I believe strongly in the Gospel. I also believe strongly in the Church, both the Universal Church, and in its many local expressions.
I have an extremely gorgeous wife, and three exceptionally talented children. We all live in Oregon in a little green house on the edge of town where you can still see the Milky Way (when it’s not overcast).
Note: this is not my fence