Let's be email buddies
Get my daily(ish) musings and missives in your inbox.
To enter into the realm of contemplation, one must in a certain sense die: but this death is, in fact, the entrance into a higher life.
- Fr. Thomas Merton
Some things about me
Hey, I'm Jonas. I'm a writer, a husband, a father, a friend, a foe, and a lot of other things that aren't relevant here.
I guess you could call me a dime store lay theologian, but my main task these days is to spread the word about my guiding light - contemplative prayer based in the Christian Wisdom tradition.
As someone who's going through discernment to enter ELCA Lutheran seminary in mid-life and who struggles daily with the complexities inherent in life and faith, it's my only saving grace (quite literally).
About the whole Christian thing
I confess; I am a Christian. But that's a big loaded word. Here are the particulars of where I'm coming from, personally...
All of this being said, I'm a terribly flawed human who's drunk on power and self-righteousness just like the next. I get it wrong most of the time and only stand a chance because of God's grace that acts as the ground of human beingness.
Work featured here consists of personal essays, articles on faith and life, and whatever miscellany tumbles into my head that I think you might enjoy hearing about.
My wife and I live in Chicago with our perfectly behaved daughter and well-trained Shih-Tzu Terrier where we somehow make a living being far lazier than our ancestors.
1400+ posts since 2015
#1 Spirituality Publication on Medium.com
Readership of Over 70,000 Subscribers
Let's Be Email Buddies
"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.
"Jonas, your writings almost always make my day. Into Evernote (my diary) they go. And I absolutely laud your humor, friend. It’s so what the world needs now."
- Judith B.