In June of 2019, I became the pastor of Aims Community Church in Corbett, Oregon. The church and parsonage are located in the woods just outside Portland. We’re just 30 minutes from the city, but it feels like a world away. If it were not for the occasional jet overhead on its approach to PDX (less often, now, in the age of the Coronavirus) you would have no awareness that so many people were so nearby. It’s a good place to think. I would quote Thoreau at this point, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived …”, but it’s not really “roughing it” out here, although the power goes out more often than one would like.

The views of this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the members of my church where I am blessed to serve. This is a place to think about things.

for lifelong learning
serious generalist
art, life, eyes of faith

I am a disciple, which is an old word that means learner.

I love to learn and I write to learn, which is to say, I don’t know what I think and what I’ve learned until I’ve written it down. Or, as E.M. Forster put it more elegantly, “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”

These are some of the things that are on my mind. A good blog, I understand, is focused. This one and I am not. I am a Christian who is trying to understand how the gospel and following Jesus relates to all of life, particularly to U.S. citizenship and American culture. I love the arts, especially the music of Gustav Mahler and the plays of William Shakespeare. But I’m not above some good television or movies. I am thinking through my politics and don’t feel beholden to any certain organization or institution. I have lived and worked among Republicans and Democrats and feel like I want to be counted among those who are reasonable. I certainly don’t read enough but want to be reflective with what I do read. In short, I am a serious generalist.