I enjoy writing and a blog or something like it has been on my mind for some time. I always thought that a blog could be a good respository for reflections, essays, sermons and the like. At the moment, I currently have to search my computer in about five different places to find it all. There is also a certain amount of accountability that comes with having something that requires attention and I hope this will prompt the lazy part of me to do something. If I know this "thing" is out there hungry for content, I should probably write something or do some creative thing to feed it.
I also hope to get into a conversation with you. I love to hear the thoughts of others about God, Holy Scripture, faith, family... I always come away with new ideas that often challenge me in new ways.
If I have to say one thing "about me" it is that I am a Child of God and I try most days to live into that blessing.
All of the rest of the information I could provide doesn't really matter. I am not saying that I don't matter, or the things I do as a child of God don't matter, but the one thing that my background, accomplishments, failures, and everything that goes into making me who I am today is not the intent of this blog or why you may (or may not) want to read it. Hopefully, you will get an idea of who I am and the person I am becoming through the reflections found here. The intent of the blog is to find the common thread of our human experience in the postings, not highlight my experience alone. It's also a place where I can collect thoughts, reflections and write.
However, for those who have to have something...
My name is John Coleman. I am a husband, father, brother, son, friend, Episcopal priest and lawyer. My wife, Mary and I have been married for 20 wonderful years and have three great children ranging in ages from 12 to 17. I have served churches small and large for more than a decade. I currently live in Dothan, Alabama and serve a great parish, St. James Episcopal Church, in Eufaula, Alabama.
I like this painting because it's in the process of becoming and not finished. This is a picture I took of the painting in its early stages. This is much more interesting than the finished portrait which hangs at Church of Ascension.