Why am I living in Flint? On the surface, the answer seems obvious: this is where my job is, and where most of my friends are. But about a month ago I realized that there is another reason I’m here; indeed, a divine reason. I came to see that God has put me in Flint […]Read more "Why I’m Living in Flint"
“Om nom nom,” a phrase frequently used on the Internet, has become fairly popular as a way of describing food or the act of eating. From this we get the idea of food as “noms” (or “nums”), the description of food as “nummy,” and the verb “nom” or “num” (meaning to eat or devour). What […]Read more "The Theology of “Om Nom Nom”"
On December 31, 2015, I had the two most powerful spiritual experiences of my life. The first of these occurred as I was on my way to the First Metaphysical Church for a special New Year’s service. I was listening to a song on the car stereo that reminded me of Christina (my girlfriend in […]Read more "A Long Strange Trip, the Conclusion: The Night I Lost All Fear"
As 2015 drew to a close, my spiritual experiences started getting more and more intense. One day in late November, as I was delivering sandwiches for work, I felt the presence of a wise, elder spirit watching over me. At first, I couldn’t tell who it was. This spirit was clearly different from that of […]Read more "A Long Strange Trip, Part Ten: Theosis, Shamanism and the End of Regret (November-December 2015)"
While my experiences with the spirit of (my deceased girlfriend) Christina have made me very happy in and of themselves, they’ve done a lot more for me than just this! Indeed, they have led me deeper into the mystery of God. Even when these experiences raise doubts or questions in my […]Read more "A Long Strange Trip, Part Nine: Deeper into the Mystery (October – November 2015)"
I will never forget the night of September 10, 2015. I was going through one of the darkest times in my life; I was deeply depressed, trying anything I could to numb the pain – much of which centered around the death of my girlfriend Christina. That night I was in the basement, drinking beer […]Read more "A Long Strange Trip, Part Eight: Meeting the Spiritual Christina (September 2015)"
For the most part, 2013 and 2014 were pretty uneventful for me. During this time I continued to be involved with the Ann Arbor Vineyard church, helping with their ministry to homeless people and making study guides for small groups. I also continued to play piano for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jackson. In the fall […]Read more "A Long, Strange Trip, Part Seven: Kissing Evangelicalism Goodbye (Fall 2013-Summer 2015)"