I started this blog because I read a blurb some place that said if you want to be a writer then you should write at least 250 words a day on something. The blurb advertised a website that allowed a person to do that.
I don’t necessarily want to be a writer (sure would be nice to get paid for what you write though, heh?) but I do like to write and most of what I write has to do with my ministry as a biblical counselor and associate pastor.
So what I wanted to do here is write more for fun and about stuff I’m interested in. I figured I could write more regularly if I kept it simple and produce the various blog entries mostly off the top of my head.
It’s nice if others read it but it’s not my main goal. I’d consider it more of fringe benefit. My main goal is to write for fun and develop further as a writer. (As I reread this I’ve come to realize the blessings and benefits of connecting with others in the blogging community. I’ve made some friends and learned much from other bloggers connecting with other bloggers is a rather BIG fringe benefit. Thanks to all who subscribe and interact with me from time to time. You are a blessing.)
And that’s the way I started out. Once I produced a number of posts I found I was enjoying blogging. I also found it interesting to see which kind of posts received the most hits. I also found that there were some things that required me to “not be so much off the top of my head.” In those cases I wanted to be accurate so I began to include links that could be referenced. The truth is, the more I blog the more I enjoy it but if I’m not careful it could get to be more like a job in the way it takes time.
As I noted, my topics will be stuff that interests me and that can vary greatly although I won’t write about everything. While I enjoy the Packers and Brewers for example I won’t blog much about sports. There are tons of great sports blogs out there and really all I contribute is nostalgia and brag about how my teams are doing.
I like history, especially military history so you can expect a lot of that. I also have hobbies related to my interest in history like collecting military miniatures.
I’ll also blog on personal genealogy because I want to write a small book on our family for my son, so that he can pass it down to his children. I’ve always regretted not knowing much about my family and their roots so I decided to keep a record of what I do know and what I find out.
I also enjoy playing military history wargames on the pc. My current favorites are Gary Grisby’s War in the East, Field of Glory for PC’s the Total War series and Civ 5. I also recently picked up Panzer Corp from Matrix Games. Talk about addicting!!! I probably won’t write much about these things though, like who cares.
I’m also a historical table-top wargamer which means I paint HO scale imiatures and belong to a small (very small) group of gamers interested in table top gaming in many historical periods. I have a separate blog for that on Google.
I’m also interested in conservative politics and would fit into the Tea Party category although the Tea Party is not a political party and more like a set of values and principles. I think the US has a great Constitution and I take the not “it’s silly putty” view that means you get to reinterpret it anyway a bunch of judges see fit in order to practice social engineering.
I’m also a minister of the gospel so some of my posts will reflect my biblical worldview, my theology and maybe some stuff on church history.(I no longer post here but have a separate blog for spiritual issues.)
For those interested in what that means I’m a Doctrines of Grace (Calvinist) guy but fit into a progressive dispensationalist camp theologically. So, broadly speaking I’m reformed in my theology but narrowly speaking believe there is a special future for the nation Israel.
If that bothers some of my readers that’s fine; I just ask you be civil if you choose to dialog since I won’t publish comments that are not civil. And yes, I am the judge of civility, not you.
I live in Wisconsin and have been married to the same wonderful gal for 42 years. I have one married son and terrific daughter-in-law. Thus far they have two sons and one daughter in between the two boys in age. I love being a grand-pa!
We also have an annoying cockatiel named Abraham. He is annoying because he has an enormous capacity to squawk when my wife is not home. I think it’s birdie separation disorder.
My ministry is in Kenosha, WI at Missio Dei Fellowship. My best friend Matt Henry is the pastor there and I help him as his associate pastor. (You can hear his preaching (and mine on occasion at this link.)
I live in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. It’s a southern suburb of Milwaukee County. I’ve lived in the Milwaukee area most of my life except for a year in Boston, MA as a child and in Texas for a brief time in the US Army.
I have not traveled much out of the country except for fishing trips to Canada but have been to Poland and the Czech Republic on a mission trip. I think I’d like to have a trip to Britain\Scotland and Germany on my bucket list.
Sports team logos because I have to get them in somewhere.