October 16, 2017 Justin Peter Gudel

My first draft of this post ended with an early content reader calling me Joel Osteen — a televangelist and labeled salesman of snake oil — with a net-worth of over 40 million dollars. So here’s my second draft. We live in a world of competing desires. Ambitions and passions war not only between various…

September 15, 2017 Justin Peter Gudel

I’ve been thinking about tradition.  It’s become a catch phrase/word in certain Christian circles.  In fact, it’s one of many new vocabulary words that churches and believers have begun embracing.     Why?     It’s not that the word has changed in meaning.  I can point to any church, and they will have a…

September 4, 2017 Justin Peter Gudel

In 2004, The Barna Group, a Christian based research company, did a survey which asserted that 65% of senior Protestant pastors felt that tracts (paper handouts with pithy gospel messages) were an effective means of evangelism.  In particular, paper pamphlets were, “a good way of making evangelism doable for the people in their respective churches.”…

September 1, 2017 Justin Peter Gudel

When I write about PunkChiridion, I find there are times where the words and phrases used might be lacking in clarity.  Over time this happens in any social group or platform when viewed from the outside — the uninitiated.  A shared language is an important defining characteristic when it comes to a tribe.   One…

August 24, 2017 Justin Peter Gudel

I took this photo. We, my wife and I, drove seven hours south to a spot in the line of totality. We heard it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Another voice asserted that it could be life changing. Regardless, it was worth going out of the way to see. Also, it only…

August 18, 2017 Justin Peter Gudel

To my many supportive non-Christian friends, I apologize. This post is religious in nature. “First, be a light on a hill.” Recently, these words came to mind while I contemplated the role of the evangelist. It’s not a position or mantle that I have ever wanted to consider. Something about that job always appeared off-putting….