40 Years in the Wilderness

Not long after becoming an Episcopalian acolyte, a bishop came visiting and told our priest, Father Chet, that I would grow up to be a priest. Better late than never.

My Story

Anyone who has ever said they have been perfect Christians their entire lives are lying. There is no such thing. Paul made that very clear. If there was, we wouldn’t need to be saved. I’m no different.

I was a good little acolyte through 1988, went on my first mission after graduating high school… and it all fell apart. Never go on a mission with people you don’t know and can trust. Half the kids we didn’t know and were racist, going down to central Mexico to build houses with us. And Satan was alive and well in my life after that, my first two years of college life being filled with challenges to my faith.

But God wasn’t done with me. Despite wandering around looking for alternative answers in alcohol and other religions, He continued to make His presence known, saving my hide more times than I can count, until I reached the bottom of my own, personal pit. In 2007, I returned to God and currently still attend Northglenn Christian Church. I had a vision to start a non-profit and in 2009 Dirt ‘N’ Nails Farms Inc. (501c3) was born. I went back to school and received a Masters in Counseling. Though I never could find a job, I continued to find ways to contribute to the work God had laid out for me to do.

So here I am, finishing my last year at Grand Canyon University’s Theological Seminary, a full circle made of 48 years of my life. And becoming a father at 46 has been a miracle since it has given me a glimpse of looking to God as a child does to his Father. Maybe that is what it takes sometimes, for a person to fall to the deepest depths of a personal pit to the point that there is only one way to reach, one way to look, straight up out of the crib of the world to our Father’s arms.

Where am I going from here? I do not know. I do know I am now a father with responsibilities to his daughter, I have always been a husband with responsibilities to his wife, and I am a servant of God. God first, family second, self last. That is my calling. That is who I am.

We are in this for the long haul. One lifetime, one chance. Let’s bring up our kids right.

Sermons and Other Words

Thank you, everyone!

I'd like to thank everyone for their patience this year. Just got back from the blistering heat of Phoenix for the week and feeling worn, but want to share with you both a sermon from the class I am in that I was not able to do and what Cloud Imperium has been saying....

Happy Father’s Day!

To paraphrase Spock from the JJ Abrams reboot of Star Trek, as doing a podcast on Father's Day ships would seem "oddly self-serving," I'm skipping in this year in favor of giving y'all this quick notice of the Father's Day special by Star Citizen for racing ships....

Happy Birthday, Freya!

Two years ago today, Freya was brought to us from the hospital by her biological parents and my heart has been hers ever since. Happy birthday, my little daredevil. Can't wait to share the universe with you. And the real thing as well.

What I Do

The podcast sermons I do are posted here for edification, for myself as much as for others. No, I don’t consider myself an “expert,” but I do consider myself a servant of God equipped with God’s Word and, like a good former scientist, I check and double check my understanding of Scripture.

Still I am sure there will be some who do not agree with me. I don’t see a problem with this, but please, if you have a problem with what I am saying, bring it up with me privately and, if I find merit in your argument, I will bring it up here as well for discussion. This will not be a forum for speaking out of hatred or anger and I will ban anyone who attempts to stir the community towards such.

Open for prayer or sermon requests…

Email

info@longhaulpreacher.space

Phone

(303) 263-1171

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