Here we go….

I once saw a t-shirt that said something like, “BLOGGERS. Never before have so many written so many words that so few will read“. It was then and there that I decided to never write a blog.

So here I am, eating those words. I love to write, even though at times it feels much like laboring to deliver a baby must feel like. You can’t wait to see the outcome, but you first have to endure the pain of delivery. In all honesty, I really do not know what I am doing. For 34 years I have written a monthly newsletter, but that just consists of typing from my heart and turning it over to people who really know what they are doing, who somehow make my drivel appear readable. 

While looking over the WordPress site, I quickly became overwhelmed by all of the designs, customization options, language that mere mortals like me cannot understand, and a nomenclature reserved for nerds and geeks. So I have decided to just start, even though the final product may be pretty jacked up.

In everything else I write, there are smart people who proof read and help me with grammar and flow. You will not be getting this with my blog. It will be raw, rarely edited, often controversial and with only my own limited filter. So be warned.

I plan to write on topics that are interesting to me, yet are topics that are unfairly treated by soundbites and those little social media grenades that folks like to throw into the discourse. I will be writing on issues like transparency and vulnerability, but I will also be trying to give a sane and sober response on issues ranging from homosexuality to gun control to immigration to modern politics.

The views that I express should not be assumed to be the views of the organization that I lead, its staff members, board members or the dogs under the porch. These views will be mine, and I hope that not all of you agree with me, as I appreciate constructive discourse. I want to be kind and gracious as I boldly speak what I believe to be the truth. And at all times I will work to speak as one redeemed by an insanely loving and merciful God and as one wholly undeserving of the grace that each day I get to roll around in.

So if you’d like to follow my blog, I would be honored. If you then choose to actually read it, I will be pleasantly surprised. This is my first post, and it has been pretty homogenized. I cannot promise that the next installments will be so pleasant.

Curt, in Houston.

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