When I was about 40, I had a midlife crisis and decided to go to seminary to become a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Catholic (Lutheran) church. I grew up Roman Catholic. And then I drifted away after getting mad at the church, lived a bit, got married, had a kid, and drifted back. I had a conversion experience in the middle of a Roman Catholic mass, and then I met some Lutherans who taught me about God's radically scandalous grace. I knew I'd found my theological home and signed up for seminary on the double. I now consider myself theologically Lutheran and liturgically catholic with a waywardly Celtic Contemplative earthy and mystical spirituality.
I've been sharing my whimsical ramblings online for more than a decade. My work has shown up in Huffington Post, Observer, Crossings, Good Men Project, and more. Some of my stuff is good. Some of it isn't so much. Either way, I hope you get a good word out of it.
*The ideas shared here are my own, not necessarily those of my denomination, the ELCA (though sometimes they do overlap).
If I had read Jonas's writing when I was much younger I might never have become a Pagan! 🤗
- Elizabeth Ann Curran
I read Jonas's posts almost every day. I love how he articulates things. I’ve lived my whole life in a religious setting where God was always angry. I've been to many different churches and have never encountered the train of thought that Jonas holds.
- Ramona J.
The God that Jonas shares sounds wholesome, loving, and beautiful. And truly graceful. Rather than the “I will give you grace, love you always, never forsake you. Oh wait- unless you don’t follow these rules, in which case I will have to deny you were ever mine, and instead send you to burn in eternal damnation” God that I was introduced to at birth. Reading his work brings a comfort I can’t explain.
- Cyndi R.
Jonas is a rebel without being an asshole. Christianity is not “holiness”. It is honesty. And he has it.
- Rip P.
WHAT'S THE GOOD WORD?
Have something to say or ask? Want me to come to do a workshop, speak, listen, and/or juggle (3 items, max - and no chainsaws) at your event, church, tavern, coffee shop, garage, or basement? Care to propose your undying love? Here's where you can let 'er rip (within reason).