It is time to either trash my website\blog or upgrade it in some way by combining my various interests into one place. This page was originally constructed in 2011, a whopping eleven years ago! Much has changed.
For one, I retired as an associate pastor in July, 2021. I think semi-retired is a better description since I still serve in the ministry of the Gospel as a church elder and certified Biblical Counselor. All that just means I am busier ministry wise than I was when I was not retired!
This website\blog started out as “History Stuff that Interests Me.” It was meant to be a grab bag of historical topics as well as a commentary on current events and of course, politics. That worked well enough and it was nice to have a single blog to give attention too.
A couple of things changed.
At some point I decided to start another WordPress blog that was more connected with my ministry, but also allowed to me comment on cultural and political matters from the conservative Christian point-of-view. This took time away from “History Stuff that Interests Me” and that meant less content and less practice in writing, something I enjoy. Keeping two blogs relatively fresh is not easy, at least for me.
To further complicate things I actually started a third blog on Google Blogger called the Last Man Club.
The Last Man Club represented a renewal of miniature wargame interests. I had reconnected with two friends. The hobby combines an interest in history with wargames. The gaming part includes painting, organizing and researching historical armies for the purpose of collecting and occasionally doing a game on a wargame board with detailed terrain and so forth.
I thought it would be fun to document some of that-hence the third blog, and even less time for the other two!
I made an effort to consolidate at least two of the blogs by renaming “History Stuff that Interests Me” to History and Hobby. The idea was to integrate Blogger into WordPress but that did not work out. I ended up duplicating some entries from Blogger into WordPress but that was way too much work. The net result was three blogs that did not get much attention. Yet, I still have plenty of ideas for all three.
What to do?
At this point I am trying to combine all three interests in my main WordPress site since I already pay for it. Updating the “About Me” page is the first step. The next step is how to figure out to best make it a decent website where I can combine everything into one place.
Part Two: For now, the below stays as is until I can keep it a bit more current. Much is the same, but new links are required for those who may have an interest.
I started this blog because I read a blurb some place that said if you want to be a writer then you should write at least 250 words a day on something. The blurb advertised a website that allowed a person to do that.
I don’t necessarily want to be a writer (sure would be nice to get paid for what you write though, heh?) but I do like to write and most of what I write has to do with my ministry as a biblical counselor and associate pastor.
So what I wanted to do here is write more for fun and about stuff I’m interested in. I figured I could write more regularly if I kept it simple and produce the various blog entries mostly off the top of my head.
It’s nice if others read it but it’s not my main goal. I’d consider it more of fringe benefit. My main goal is to write for fun and develop further as a writer. (As I reread this I’ve come to realize the blessings and benefits of connecting with others in the blogging community. I’ve made some friends and learned much from other bloggers connecting with other bloggers is a rather BIG fringe benefit. Thanks to all who subscribe and interact with me from time to time. You are a blessing.)
And that’s the way I started out. Once I produced a number of posts I found I was enjoying blogging. I also found it interesting to see which kind of posts received the most hits. I also found that there were some things that required me to “not be so much off the top of my head.” In those cases I wanted to be accurate so I began to include links that could be referenced. The truth is, the more I blog the more I enjoy it but if I’m not careful it could get to be more like a job in the way it takes time.
As I noted, my topics will be stuff that interests me and that can vary greatly although I won’t write about everything. While I enjoy the Packers and Brewers for example I won’t blog much about sports. There are tons of great sports blogs out there and really all I contribute is nostalgia and brag about how my teams are doing.
I like history, especially military history so you can expect a lot of that. I also have hobbies related to my interest in history like collecting military miniatures. I’m also a historical table-top wargamer which means I paint HO scale miniatures. I write another blog on Blogger called The Last Man Club
I also enjoy playing military history wargames on my Mac and iPad. Current favorites are Order of Battle (WW2), CIV5, Panzer Korps and titles from the Total War series.
I’m also interested in conservative politics and would fit into the Tea Party category although the Tea Party is not a political party and more like a set of values and principles. I think the US has a great Constitution and I take the not “it’s silly putty” view that means you get to reinterpret it anyway a bunch of judges see fit in order to practice social engineering.
I’m also a minister of the gospel so some of my posts will reflect my biblical worldview, my theology and maybe some stuff on church history. (I no longer post here but have a separate blog for spiritual issues.)
For those interested in what that means I’m a Doctrines of Grace (Calvinist) guy but fit into a progressive dispensationalist camp theologically. So, broadly speaking I’m reformed in my theology but narrowly speaking believe there is a special future for the nation Israel.
I live in Wisconsin and have been married to the same wonderful gal for 43 years. I have one married son and terrific daughter-in-law. Thus far they have two sons and one daughter in between the two boys in age. I love being a grand-pa!
We also have an annoying cockatiel named Abraham. He is annoying because he has an enormous capacity to squawk when my wife is not home. I think it’s birdie separation disorder.
My ministry is in Kenosha, WI at Missio Dei Fellowship. My best friend Matt Henry is the pastor there and I help him as his associate pastor. (You can hear his preaching (and mine on occasion at this link.)
I live in Kansasville, Wisconsin. Kansasville is a small town in western Racine County. Prior to our move to Kansasville I lived in the Milwaukee area most of my life except for a year in Boston, MA as a child and in Texas for a brief time in the US Army.
I have not traveled much out of the country except for fishing trips to Canada but have been to Poland and the Czech Republic on a mission trip. I think I’d like to have a trip to Britain\Scotland and Germany on my bucket list.
Sports team logos because I have to get them in somewhere.