This is an incredibly exciting time to be alive.
In the midst of the chaos, tribalism and fear that has a loud megaphone these days, I'm finding great joy in conversations with podcasts guests and readers who are rethinking what it means to be human and holy, and in it together. My work is to create words, conversations, and environments where people can discover the truest essence of God, their own souls, and each other. I'm trying to find the wild and generative life that is springing up all over the place, and follow it where it goes.
Thanks for making your way to the community of wanderers who listen to This Good Word, or read my books & blog. In 2013, I started a blog called The Actual Pastor, which was dedicated to helping people live their lives as is, instead of as if (as if it would be better if only something more/better/bigger happened to them). I shared my own stories - sometimes funny, sometimes quite raw - which eventually included quitting my job and starting a church. Then hosting a podcast. Then writing a book. Then a second book.
I don't expect anyone to contribute any more to my creative work than simply reading and listening; that is reward enough. And the podcast will always be free. But if you want to join me in that work, your support will help me continue to create more and better content for spiritually curious people.
When you support me on Patreon, you are helping me to spend more time getting this message out to people who need to be grounded in the reality that God has made them for something beautiful and restorative in the world.
Every supporter will be emailed the first two chapters of my new book (Whole: Restoring What is Broken in Me, You, and the Entire World) immediately. I really can't wait for you to see it.
But the most exciting feature of those who support at $5 or higher will be exclusive access to weekly content from me that won't be published anywhere else. Most of the time, that will be in the form of writing - I'm excited to write about some of the biggest questions I'm wrestling with about where church, faith, and spirituality is going (because it's going somewhere - we're in the middle of the most massive disruptions since the Reformation). Other times, it will be extra footage of podcast conversations or video messages from me. Supporters at $5 or higher will be given access to the This Good Word online community, so the conversation can continue with each other.
For those that offer support at higher levels, in addition to everything included in the previous levels, you'll receive a signed copy of both of my books with a personal note from me to you. You'll also get to help me pick topics and guests for my podcast, and free tickets to any live event that I put together.
Thanks everybody! As always, in it together.