Welcome to Blue Collar Wisdom, a podcast of down-to-earth thoughts about life and faith through things we experience every day.
Have you ever heard someone talk about their faith and thought, “Wow! They sure made that complicated”? And the next minute heard a sermon and thought, “C’mon! Nothing is that simple”?
Or maybe you’ve tried reading about faith. One book requires a theological dictionary, and the next gives us five simple steps to improve your prayer life, fix your marriage, get you on a budget or get you into heaven when you die.
So, who’s got it right?
Well, I think there’s a third way. Simple, but not simplistic. Sophisticated but accessible to ordinary folks like you and me.
I’ve been told throughout my ministry that I am able to share complex ideas in simple ways. I learned much of this growing up in a blue collar family.
My dad taught lessons like, “You go to Hell for lying the same as you do for stealing,” how a job isn’t over until the tools are put away, and the importance of confession. From others I learned about hospitality, humility and unconditional love.
Over the years, those messages became deeply ingrained in me. Much of how I view the world is shaped by those formative years. Even today, in my work as a pastor and now as a writer, I draw on those lessons. Now, I want to share some of this with you.
Join me as we walk the middle road between simple and simplistic, complexity and obfuscation. Let’s talk about life and faith in ways we can all understand, but don’t insult our intelligence. Let’s share some blue collar wisdom.