Friday, March 12, 2010


Hi, I'm Carl, and I'm about to go meet my wife and son after being separated for almost a full week. It's been a bit rough, and a bit lonely, but that might be a good story for a different blog post.

I am a preacher, but before that I am a husband and a father, and before that I am a Christian. My goal in life is to be pleasing to God and follow His Word, and I whole heartedly believe that if do that, the whole husband/father/preacher will fall into place quite nicely.

I'm a bit blunt and a bit (understatement?) sarcastic, and I can thank my mom for that. I'm a nerd and I do enjoy computers and video games on almost any platform, and for that, I thank my dad. I enjoy reading and writing and being cliché, right? In all honesty though, I did plan on becoming an English teacher and/or a novelist before I took up the role of a preacher, so reading and writing come almost naturally with that.

I'm married to Kristen, and am beyond blessed to have found her. She blogs too, and does much better than I. You can find her scribblings here. She is a wonderful wife and more importantly a wonderful Christian. I wish I had more time to go on about her, but as I said, I need to get going very soon so I can pick her up from the in-laws. I have one son, Benjamin, who is almost 14 months old. My wife's blog is dedicated primarily to him, so if you want to know his life story through both words and pictures, her blog would be the place to do that.

This blog is not a means for me to just preach. I will post my weekly bulleting articles and the column I write for the newspaper, and I will more than likely post spiritual entries as well, but it isn't just about that. This blog is primarily about the life of a preacher. Too often people get the idea that the preacher or minister or whatever you want to call him is some spiritual superhero, that he knows all of the answers and is always strong in the face of trials and that he'll always act exactly as God wants him too. That just isn't true. I wanted to create this blog to help others explain exactly what it's like to be a preacher and what we do (and yes, we do work more than just one day a week) and the trials and emotions we have to deal with. It isn't an easy life, and honestly, as much as I love to preach the Gospel, I wouldn't wish this life upon anyone who did not honestly want it. Preaching isn't just a job, or isn't something I do just to make ends meet, it's a life.

I guess that's another reason I wanted to create this blog. Not only to help others realize what goes on in the life of a preacher, but to constantly remind myself of the decisions I've made and why I made them. To remind myself to do all that I can to help teach others about the God I love and serve.

I really do need to go now. I'm actually running a bit late as I need to get ink too so I can print out sermons, class notes and bulletins for this Sunday. I hope this blog is helpful to you and is able to spread throughout many lives, not so that I can be famous or well known by any means, but to help people be more thankful for those that do choose to spread the Gospel, and to help encourage others to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Love you all,


  1. I just laughed. Let me show you why!

    "In all honesty though, I did plan of becoming an English teacher and/or a novelist before I took up the role of a preacher, so reading and writing come almost naturally with that."
    If you were going to make a typo, that was the best place for it! Now to finish reading...

  2. Suhweet.

    Can't wait to see you!

  3. Can't wait to read more! Welcome to the blogosphere.

  4. I can totally relate to your new blog. Being a preacher's daughter, I know full-well it is more than a job. It is indeed a life. I look forward to reading more.

  5. Haha, Molly. I corrected it, but it figures that that would be the place I'd mess up =)

  6. Welcome to the world of blogging! Maybe Justin will get his up and running soon and join the party. :)