…Once, for instance, my father asked me a series of questions that suddenly made me wonder if I understood even my father, whom I felt closer to than any man I have ever known. “You like to tell true stories?” he asked and I answered, “Yes, I like to tell stories that are true.” Then he asked, “After you have finished your true stories sometime, why don’t you make up a story and the people to go with it? Only then will you understand what happened and why…”
Norman Maclean, “A River Runs Through It”
Originally, in 2009 or 2011, depending on when I consider myself to have started publishing online, this site highlighted global and local “stories of need.” Over the years, however, the scope of my ministry has become more and more local — I live and serve in Broomfield, Colo., as a minister of community service. As a result, this site has become more and more of a personal blog. That’s fitting because I’ve found freedom here to share my thoughts, convictions and dreams through blog posts and other writing projects, a podcast (coming soon!), and pilgrimages, and to create tools to address needs “on-the-ground.”
I call this my “field journal” because it helps me integrate real-life lessons and experiences with my way of seeing and hearing the world. Whereas others process best verbally, I process by writing.
Although I do have a few particular areas of interest, I’m a generalist. Learning a little about a lot rather than a lot about a little is probably at least partly due to my personality and partly to my training as a journalist. I appreciate when my varied interests naturally overlap, but that doesn’t keep me from exploring multiple avenues at the same time. They include: history, theology, hermeneutics, philosophy, linguistics, literature, spirituality, mythology, travel, the outdoors, sports, family life, current events, and more.
Incidentally, my faith journey, too, is variegated: I was baptized Catholic and raised Charismatic, before becoming a convinced Evangelical. Now, well, none of those labels fits me, but I am still, as I have been since childhood, a follower of Jesus. If there is a unity beneath the diversity of my concerns, that pursuit is it.
In case you’re wondering, I chose the name “Everyday Epics” for my blog because I like stories and the name sounded catchy. I promise I chose the name before I knew how misused/overused the word “epic” had become in pop culture! In any event, the word “epic” can be used as an adjective or a noun. It means:
- “…Pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero [or heroine, I would add], in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style.”
- “Heroic; majestic; impressively great.”
- “Of unusually great size or extent.”
There’s a lot to unpack there, but my understanding of it is this: while “epic” applies to the great, sweeping myths of past and present cultures and civilizations, it also applies, or can apply, to “ordinary” people, places and projects, past and present, here in Broomfield, and beyond, all around the world.
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