About me

What do you need to know about me?

  • I am the kind of person that thinks about everything.
  • I was raised in a place where education mattered – and received a good one
  • I experienced a complicated family life.
  • I was raised in a Lutheran church, but was shaped also by significant religious experiences beyond the church.
  • I spent the summer after high school with a mission organization in Taiwan and there began a lifelong journey with the question “What in Christian faith is the faith, and what is culture?”
  • My elder brother, a wonderful person, died of an aneurism at the age of 22 the week I began college leading to a very long journey with the question of suffering.
  • I got a very fine liberal arts education at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, starting as a math major and ending with two: medieval studies and religion.
  • I went to Seminary to study theology and became a pastor somewhat unintentionally.
  • I served 7½ years in an inner city parish in Detroit and learned more there about the world and the world of the scriptures than I can explain.
  • My marriage didn’t survive, but I am the father of two remarkable daughters.
  • My eldest was killed at 19 by a driver who had been drinking.
  • Words matter.
  • Truth matters.
  • The scriptures are genius.
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