Sunshine Blogger Award – Pastor Unlikely

So I am greatly honored to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Victoria from The Heart of the Journey .  I am getting to this later than I planned because of life, not because of lack of appreciation.  Go and check out Victoria’s blog.  She writes from the road as she and her husband travel across the country driving a big rig.  That alone is a fascinating hook, isn’t it?  She is like the Christian Blogger Jack Kerouac – without all of the Beat Generation stuff.  She also writes with sincerity and clear heart for the Lord on display.   Her most recent post on being Grace Flavored Snowcones is a great example:

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The Rules – Sunshine Blogger Award

• Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

• Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

• Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Victoria’s questions:

1. How did you learn about my blog?

I love reading Christian blogs of all kinds and look at them through WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook.  I think I was just scrolling through WordPress’ Reader and came across it.  It is such a blessing to see the work of Jesus on display in other people’s lives.

2. Why did you start a blog?

I came to the Lord as an adult after a generally non-religious upbringing.  I still vividly remember the feeling of being miserable, hopeless and feeling totally lost.  My blog is just another way for me to try to get the information that brought me joy, hope, and meaning in life to those who need it.   People in the world and in the church are struggling so much to find a life of peace.  I was there, Jesus saved me from it and now I want to tell others.

Really, I am just a beggar who found bread and wants to share it.

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3. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?

I hope to get people closer to Jesus.  If they are lost and not following Him, my goal is to discuss things that I wanted to know when I was there to help them get to God.  If they are stuck in a false religious system, to help them see why it is false and get them to Jesus. It is why one of my favorite posts is about a Mormon Archeologist who lost his Mormon faith. The Mormon Lawyer who lost His faith.  My hope is that those stuck in that grinding, appearance-obsessed, works based false system will read it and have the courage to be set free.  Life outside with Jesus is so much better.

If they are followers of Jesus but stuck, in a bad church or spiritual rut or just in the baby Christian stage, to get them unstuck and moving on the road of sanctification.  A recent post about Learning to Serve is an example.  Learning to Serve  I did not know any of this when I came to Jesus out of a lifetime of drinking and disobedience and it took me a time to learn it.  I am trying to jump start the process for others.

I never thought the Christian life could be as awesome as it is.  I just want other people here with me celebrating.

4. Please share the names of some of your favorite blogs.

I read some of the bigger blogs in the Christian world, Tim Challies, Russell Moore, Al Mohler and the Gospel Coalition are some examples but their theology and experiences are so different than mine.  I don’t like wearing suits, don’t like big formal church and disagree with Reformed Theology.  So though I appreciate them and what they do, I can only relate so much.  It is just a completely different world.  I am just a regular guy who did not grow up in the church and who loves the Bible, Jesus and his family.

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It is part of the reason I started blogging.  To try and help the Christians who don’t know the “churchey” rules and the secret handshakes.

I have nominated some of my general  favorites for this award as well.

I really enjoy blogs of people who are younger or immature in the faith and are trying to figure out how to walk with Jesus.   I enjoy praying for them and watching the Lord work on them.  I will not name names here for obvious reasons.

5. For my faith-based bloggers, and others if you like: Have you ever taken a spiritual gift survey? If so, what’s your top three spiritual gifts? And, were you surprised by any of them? (I know, that’s three questions in one!)

I took one a long time ago but I don’t think they are the most effective tools, for two reasons.

1 – Most importantly, I don’t think that God works this way.  The surveys generally measure our thoughts on how we do things in life.  God chooses us most often based upon our hearts for Him and our willingness to serve.  He then gives us the gifts we need to complete the job we are given. I wrote about this in my post God Qualifies the Called, He Doesn’t Call the Qualified.  So David, Gideon, Peter, and Stephen and people like D. L. Moody and John Bunyon were great because of God’s work through them, not their innate talents.  God chooses the weak and humble serve Him mostly because it forces us to desperately rely on Him.

2 – People are often poor judges of what they are good at in the church.  Those that are really good at certain aspects are usually also very humble about it.

I think the best tools are actually getting out and trying things and mature Godly mentors.

6. Are you working in your field of expertise?

Yes, I am a lawyer in my other full-time job.

7. Name one unusual skill that you have.

Unusual???  Hmmm, that is a good one.  I used to be a very good snow skier but that is not that unusual.

I am an outstanding bad Dad dancer.  I enjoy silly dancing and am naturally good at it.  Just ask my kids:)

8. How about pets? Cats, dogs, birds, fish, etc.?

No pets unless you count my 4-year-olds stuffed animals.

9. Do you enjoy travel? If so, where do you like to go?

I used to travel often growing up.  These days local travel is more my speed.  For sheer wonderfulness, we did go to Hawaii a few years ago and it was amazing.  I would love to go back.

10. If you had a bucket list what are some of the things that would be on it?

Get my family, parents and sisters saved

Go to Israel

See a Revival in America

Not parachute, hang glide or bungee jump…ever.

11. When you were in high school, to which group did you belong?

It is hard to say.  I was really messed up in High School so I don’t know how reliable my assessment was.  Years 0-20 were really hard times.

12. Describe the happiest moment of your life.

This one is easy.  I love my wife and family and my wedding day and the birth of each of my kids were wonderful days.  Nothing compares, though, to the day that I really surrendered to Jesus.  It was one of the worst days of my life initially because I was forced to admit to my wife who I love dearly that I was helpless before my addiction to alcohol and had no idea how to stop.  It was the best of days because after we prayed together in unity and submission, I stood up and the addiction that mastered me for decades was gone.  I was a servant of the Lord!

 

My Nominations

1 –  The Faith Filled Friends – I love their joy for the Lord and appreciation for Christian music.

Welcome to The Faith Filled Friends website! We are a group of friends founded on community and unity, sharing the love of Christ with those who need it most and those who need a refreshing word.

2 – Molly from Mally Schmoyer.com – This is Sunshine Blogger Award, right?  Molly is a young Christian girl blogging about her books and imagination.  That is nothing but sunshine.  My oldest also read the same books at that age, she even met Valerie Tripp, so it brings back great memories.  That Jiggy Night burns me up every time!

3 – Sean Jones from Revelation Fire – A blogger who is on fire for the Lord.

4 – The Rogue Millennial Team – Rogue Millennials – I don’t always agree with them but I appreciate how they boldly follow the Lord.

5. Sue Thomas of Sue Thomas Ministries –  My kids absolutely love the show Sue Thomas FBeye and her story is great.

6.  Robert Hefner of TypestryThe weaving of words from a Christian husband, father, pastor, professor, and author.  Cool!

7.  Jan Williams of Alcohol Drugs SOS – A Great Blog about AA – Really, a great blog about AA though not specifically Christian.

8.  Altars of Faith – A collection of stories where God has shown up in life today. Altars: to remember who God was then and that He is still that same person now.

9.  Jack Flacco Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. (Matthew 6:33).  I enjoy reading Jack’s posts that are always hope and faith-filled.

10.  Katherine of Katherine speaks – Love her perspective on the Christian life.

11.  Scott from Scott’s Blog – Mainly for the straightforward blog name:)  I always appreciate his posts.

There could be so many more.  I glean so much from Jesus speaking through so many different people in the blogosphere.  Thank you for your efforts.

 

My Questions:

  1. What is the meaning behind your Blog name?
  2. How is your walk with Jesus today?
  3. How did you become a Christian?
  4. If you could invite one living person, other than Jesus, to your house for lunch who would it be?  Why?
  5. Same question with a person no longer living?  Why?
  6. What is the biggest challenge facing the Church today?
  7. What is your favorite period of history?
  8. Who is your Christian mentor or role model?  Famous or not and why?
  9. What was your favorite day of your life?
  10. If you are not blogging, you will most often be found?
  11. What is your favorite book, other than the Bible
  12. Bonus Question – What makes you laugh?

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