• About Jonas

    Hey there, I'm Jonas. And that's my kid, on the right (your right). She's a bit bigger now, but not much has changed.

     

    A few years ago, I started a daily blog about life, faith, and work over at Medium.com. Somehow, it caught on and grew into the biggest single-author publication on the site with a readership of over 70,000 people (way more than I can fit into my living room).

     

    When I’m not writing to my blog readers, I've long worked as a web copywriter helping soulful people put words to their businesses online.

     

    You can also find my words in the Huffington Post, New York Observer, Thought Catalog, The Mission, Daily Dot, Good Men Project, Fizzle, and more.

    On Faith

    My personal writing has a lot to do with faith & spirituality since it’s been a big focus of mine these last five or six years. That said, I should take a moment to describe my faith to you as it’s not so black and white…

     

    I was raised Catholic. In my twenties, I deconstructed and went hardcore SBNR (spiritual-but-not-so-religious). I was actually on the ministerial pathway in Religious Science when, during my late-thirties, I had a re-awakening. That’s when traditional liturgy, the sacraments, recognizing a force bigger than me, and the Jesus story called me back to the Christian faith from a new post-critical perspective.

     

    Today, I call myself a progressive Lutheran with Franciscan tendencies and a smattering of other things. I’m both spiritual AND religious.

     

    My faith is more contemplative than it is Biblical. This means I put the experience of god and how it shows up in the world and people around me before I put any ideology or doctrine (oh, and yes, I often write god in lower-case).

     

    My faith is based on grace, not personal development. I see sin as more of a level of consciousness or human condition rather than individual moralistic transgressions. We all are born installed with a human propensity to f*ck things up. To harden our hearts and turn in on ourselves and others (sorry, no Tony Robbins seminar can stop this). All of us have this, not just the ‘bad kids’. However, in our source code is a command that ties us to something bigger than our small personal selves (let’s call it God). Grace is how we describe the action of God swooping in, softening our hearts, and resurrecting us.

     

    My five-year plan is to go to Lutheran seminary in a year (yes, at the ripe age of 40) and come out the other side as a Lutheran pastor. We’ll see how it plays out as it seems utterly ridiculous and unrealistic as I type this (which means I should definitely follow through with it).

    Some random personal stuff

    (Because who doesn't like personal randomness, right?...)

    • I've been cutting my own hair with a Flowbee for the last 18 years. I had to go through two years of bad haircuts to get here, but some say I've perfected the art. 
       
    • I drink unhealthy amounts of espresso and dark roast coffee (hard to find these days). 
       
    • I'm one of these people who's too liberal for conservatives and too conservative for liberals in both religion and politics, so it's hard for me to find friends (but I can also get along with either, within reason). 
       
    • I like open fires, German beer, flannel shirts, progressive indy bluegrass, Bach, and good company. 
       
    • I can't call myself a philosopher, but I am philosophical. (Yes, there is a difference.)

    These days, my wife and I live in Chicago, IL with our perfectly-behaved 5-year-old daughter and impeccably-trained terrier mutt, Dagny (okay, maybe I'm embellishing a little there). You can often find us hanging out and trying to take over the world from our home office.

    Now, back to you...

    To follow my work, your best bet is to subscribe (for free, of course) to my email list (below) where I share my musings, mutterings, and meditations as soon as I post them. They’re typically short. I don't write for a mass audience and I don't intentionally use clickbait. A lot of people like them, and I think you might too.


    So, there you have it. Thanks for swinging by. I look forward to continuing this conversation in your inbox soon.

    "I truly love everything you post... It’s a rare thing for me to find that in any one author, but you have a knack for getting it right almost every time!"

    - Amber L.

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