With A Heavy Heart…

On January 31, I got the phone call that you always dread, at the what I’ve been dreading for nearly 10 years- that call at 4 in the morning.  Long story short, I learned that my father had died.  As Daniel and I got ready to fly from Minnesota to Michigan, I left a text with John Paulson just letting him know I wasn’t going to be at church this Sunday.  I don’t know what all John did, but he was able to marshall the forces of the church to make sure church went on smoothly.  Retired Pastor Paul Ficzeri … Continue reading With A Heavy Heart…

Aspergers, Self-Esteem and God

I will be writing a blog post on partisanship and the church, but right now I need to chat about dealing with self-esteem when you are on the autistic spectrum. People with Aspergers especially deal with low self-esteem, partially because of being bullied and partially because we tend to isolate ourselves when we’ve been bullied.  For me, there is this sense that I’m stupid, which isn’t true, of course, but it is there because of the low self-esteem.  Sometimes experiences tend to bring people down and it is a lot harder to shake things off than it is for someone … Continue reading Aspergers, Self-Esteem and God

The Android in the Pulpit

Well, it’s been over a month since I became the pastor at First Christian in Mahtomedi, MN.  So far I haven’t crashed the church into a tree. I’m still a bit surprised I’m doing this.  I had started to convince myself that I just couldn’t pastor a church all on my own.  Someone who has Aspergers just can’t be the sole pastor of a whole congregation.  There are so many little rules that I could just ignore and cause a whole mess of heartache. So far, it’s been good.  I’m reminding myself to say thanks to all the laypeople who … Continue reading The Android in the Pulpit