Who I Am...
First and foremost, as I have discovered fairly recently, I am a child of the Most-High God. Sometimes, that still sounds weird to me ... the rest of the time it's humbling, challenging, comforting, or frightening. To beautifully complicate things, I am a husband to Dana, a father to Colin and Faith, and the Alpha Male to our dogs, cats, and various other creatures that frequent our home. Vocationally, I am just nobody trying to everybody about Somebody.
Why Ragamuffin Pastor?
Brennan Manning was a great author author, priest, and speaker. One of his most popular works was "The Ragamuffin Gospel". By the time I read this book, I was already a believer and follower of Jesus. However, I felt something was missing in regards my understanding of this relationship I had with Him. This book began to open my eyes to the unfathomable grace that God extended to me ... and to ALL of humanity. I truly began to realize that nothing I did or do will make God love me or not love me ... He just does. This humbled and broke me ... and lifted me up and made me new. In case you're wondering, the technical definition for ragamuffin is "a ragged often disreputable person". Well ... that's me ... but God through Jesus loved me anyway ... and that's the heart of my message to anybody about our Creator. Brennan stated it best when he wrote, “To evangelize a person is to say to him or her: you, too, are loved by God in the Lord Jesus.”
Now THAT is a good question! Although I am a "Gen-X'er" and have been immersed in the internet, I feel the web, especially social media, is self-centered and actually prevents us from living in community with each other. That being said, I have accounts with them all and now this website ... hypocrisy at it's finest, right? Not really ... follow me here. My foundational verse comes from the 3rd chapter in Gospel of John. John the Baptist is approached by his disciples and tells him that this cat Jesus is getting more disciples. Without much fanfare or explanation, John simply proclaims "He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less". There is SO much packed in those words. Here's my deal ... everything I do (digitally or corporately) must make Jesus bigger and me less. My hope is that through "Ramblings", this will be accomplished.