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I'm a pastor. Despite that, I'm a good guy who likes to have fun and enjoy life.


A bit about me and my blog:

I came up with the name "stumbling toward divinity" when I was still in seminary and working toward my Master of Divinity degree. I thought that it was an adequate description of my journey through the candidacy process and my academic work in seminary, as well as my own personal issues with my sense of call to ordained ministry. I may have been a bit inspired by the Sarah McLachlan song, "Fumbling Toward Ecstasy," too.

Of course, once I graduated seminary and obtained the degree, there was the question of whether "stumbling toward divinity" was an appropriate name for my blog. I came to the decision that it most definitely is. If you look at the definitions of the words, then I think you'll understand why. Let's take a peek:

stumble - [stuhm-buhl] to make a slip, mistake, or blunder, esp. a sinful one: to stumble over a question; to stumble and fall from grace; to proceed in a hesitating or blundering manner, as in action or speech; to discover or meet with accidentally or unexpectedly; to falter or hesitate, as at an obstacle to progress or belief.

toward - [twohrd] in the direction of; with respect to.

divinity - [di-vin-i-tee] a divine being; God.

Put them all together, and you get the sense of a journey full of mistakes and blunders, hopefully in the general direction of God. Which I think is a pretty good description of my life and my faith journey.

This blog is an attempt to share this journey with anyone who wants to read it, and anyone who might feel encouraged and supported on their own journey. If you're looking for someone with an unshakable faith, who is a gleaming example of what a "good Christian" should be (whatever that means), then I think you'd best look elsewhere.

As far as I go, I'm a goofy, awkward and optimistic 30-something guy who is in my first call as a Lutheran pastor. I'm still trying to figure out how I ended up here, and what I'm doing, but most of the time I am having a good time while doing it. I enjoy the work I've been called to do (most of the time), and love the people I've been called to serve (sometimes better than others), and am still open to the ever-changing call of God in my life.

So, if you are interested in reading the blog of a guy who doesn't have all the answers, makes a lot of mistakes, and worries a lot, but has a lot of fun doing it, then I think you may be in the right place.