So – who do I think I am – writing about industrial-strength stuff like Life, Love and Truth?
After all, I’m not a professional philosopher or a renowned theologian.
However, like most folks, I wear many “hats” in this world. And for more than 50 years, I’ve been taking lots of notes. Along the way, I’ve gathered more questions than answers. But that hasn’t stopped me. Instead, it only fuels the fire in my search for understanding.
These roles are my greatest current influences:
As a Sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard, I served as a recruiting and retention NCO, after a 1-year tour in Afghanistan. I’ve also served in the U.S. Marines and Navy Reserve. Along the way, I’ve seen my share of brain-dead bureaucracy, as well as extraordinary heroism.
My first book, AFGHAN JOURNAL: A Soldier’s Year in Afghanistan, is about my recent tour of duty, when I trained Afghan Border Police to fight terrorists on their own turf. It’s based on a diary I contributed to GodWeb while I was deployed.
THEOLOGY STUDENT & TEACHER:
My faith has become a way of life. In the past, on any given Sunday, you could find me teaching others at church. I love helping adults and children explore their faith through discussion about religion, ethics, philosophy, history and spirituality. In fact, I recently entered seminary, and I look forward to pursuing the ministry on a full-time basis within the next few years.
In my ample spare time (not!) I’m family man from Chicago, with 3 teenagers and a roof to keep over their heads. As those of us with kids know, they can be frustrating and yet incredibly rewarding. And for me, they’re the ultimate reality check whenever I think I’ve figured everything out!
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