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’t trust. Half the kids we didn’t know and were racist, going down to central Mexico to build houses with us. ‘Nuf said. 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 attend Northglenn Christian Church in Northglenn, Colorado. 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, most of all, 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

“What is Evangelicalism?” A Tribute Sermon

The "New Evangelicalism" movement is attributed to three particular leaders. We recently lost one of the most iconic of all of the evangelists of this generation, Billy Graham. So now might be a good time to take a look at what it really means, by definition, action,...

#PewDiePie, Anti-PDP, and the State of the Gaming Industry

Regarding the article There is no 'heat of the moment' in video games... I will not usually use the Longhaul Preacher blog for any kind of political statement if I can help it, but this article from Polygon/MSN News is like an open wound to me because it underscores...

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.

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