March 5, 2018 Justin Peter Gudel

“The engaged faithful are not lone wolfs.  No matter how much we might want to be.”   DIY culture, which is a thing, is filled with home repairs, replacing bad elements to electronics, and the installation of new amenities.  There are whole communities dedicated to the idea, “You can do this.” My favorite is Instructables.com.  …

February 20, 2018 Justin Peter Gudel

“The church doesn’t need more pastors.  It might need better pastors, but what it truly needs is engaged people.”   Let’s be honest.  I’ve been a Christian for basically my whole life.  That title/membership has meant different things to me at different moments in my life.  I’ve been in and out of churches, and have…

February 6, 2018 Justin Peter Gudel

I should have just said, “I don’t know.” The Three Words People Need to Hear I was at a Bible study just a few weeks back.  The setting was clean and straightforward, with an entire wall of windows letting crisp winter afternoon light spill into a conference room.  During the back and forth of discussion,…

January 31, 2018 Justin Peter Gudel

I had to take down portions of my website for the past few days.  PunkChiridion is sadly not my full-time job.  It’s a passion project, which I’ve been told, needs to exist.  So I do it while I also work, live, love, and play. And at the beginning of last week, I had to take…

January 16, 2018 Justin Peter Gudel

“PunkChiridion was there because no one else would go to them.  The church consistently talks about reaching out—but how and when have they ever reached out to this group—or other similar crowds.” As 2017 came to a wintery close, PunkChiridion snuck in one last engagement within the public sphere.  My friend Jon, an early adopter/supporter…

January 8, 2018 Justin Peter Gudel

[Editorial note, at least one word in this post will be redundant.  In the future, the writing will be better.] Those of you who’ve read any of these first posts, my early adopters, you are in the words of my friend Brian, “A-MAZ-ING.”  I recognize that this is actually a single word and that it’s…

December 19, 2017 Justin Peter Gudel

DIY Christians embrace failure. AND WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES! Google X, an arm of Alphabet (Google), focuses on new ideas and shooting for the moon.  In an interview with the head of X, Astro Teller calls their process/identity “a moonshot factory.”   Part of their secret sauce, besides self-driving cars, is how they…

November 6, 2017 Justin Peter Gudel

What is PunkChiridion? Do you want a sales pitch?  I’ve got several, and they’re all terrible.  Don’t get me wrong, they each have a place, and I choose which one to use based on the audience.   To my non-Christian friends who know me or my friend, Henry: PunkChiridion desires to raise up more Christians…

October 30, 2017 Justin Peter Gudel

The Story of Lilly and Edgar For Allison When I was a child, there was a boy I knew as Edgar.  He had dark hair, dim eyes, and would have been unnoteworthy — had it not been for the eerie habits.     Namely, he didn’t have what we would consider traditional friends and the consequence…

October 25, 2017 Justin Peter Gudel

What to Expect When Expectations Are Low This will be a short post, apologies all around. Today I just wanted to reiterate what a few of our current goals are here at PunkChiridion. We are officially a 501c3 IRS charitably recognized not for profit entity. It feels so good to be able to say that…