I’m Doug. As far as I know, all of the words I have written (or will write) here are my own (except where otherwise noted), but honestly, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a completely original thought, so take that for what it’s worth. I was born in the Deep South and raised in the Midwest (with a very brief sojourn on the east coast). We settled in northeast Kansas when I was an adolescent, and I’m still here, all these decades later.
I have an undergraduate degree in journalism, did some graduate work in communication studies, and later in life, some theological studies and other work that resulted in me becoming an ordained pastor. I’ve worked in parachurch youth ministry, public education, and higher education. I spent several years working as a technical writer. I spent much of my 40s and 50s as the CEO of a non-profit statewide education and research networking organization. I was a newspaper columnist for a while, on the side. These days I serve on the staff at my church, in worship and media.
I “married up” (she’s way smarter, wiser and better-looking than I) and we’ve got kids and grandkids, all of whom are wonderful. I play music regularly with my church band–I’m an okay guitar player, a so-so bass player, a wannabe banjo player, and a terrible mandolin player. I goof around with keyboards and MIDI, but not in front of people. I am a fairly decent woodworker, having learned it from my dad, mostly. I know my way around a soldering iron and a circuit board–I learned a lot of that from my dad, too. Like him, I enjoy making things and fixing things.
I’m an introvert; I like to think I’m an affable sort. I enjoy reading. I like to be outdoors. I am increasingly brokenhearted for the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, and the refugee.
I am a Christian. I affirm the Apostles’ Creed without reservation. I used to have a much longer list of theological things about which I was certain than I do now. I find as I get older that I have a growing level of comfort with mystery in the gospel. I once identified myself as an evangelical, and my church is part of that stream of the faith, but I don’t have much in common with what some people think of as evangelicalism today, so I prefer to describe myself as a Christ-follower.
I am quite fond of coffee.