- Misfits Position – Co-Founder, Facilitator, Podcast Host, and Part-Time Blogger
- Myers-Brigg – ENTP (same as The Joker and Captain Jack Sparrow)
- Favorite Book – The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns
- Why I Joined Misfits – I joined Misfits because I needed a safe place to be accepted even when I was disagreed with.
- Favorite quote(s) –
- “You have to accept the difficulties of changing the status quo, but you have to believe that this can be done” – Ha-Joon Chang
- “Culture, one’s place in time, affects how we talk about God”. – Peter Enns
- ”The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.” Richard Rohr
- Theological Passions – The Nature of Bible, The Logos Of God, Organic Church, Church History, and Calvinism and Arminianism
- Hobbies – Backpacking (which I never get to do), drinking good craft beer and coffee, and traveling
- Love Language: Theology (talk some good theology with me and my love tank will fill right up
- Denomination/Tradition – Theologically Trans-Denominational, Member of the Anglican Communion
- Misfits Position – Full Time Blogger
- Meyers Briggs – ENFP (Same as Robert Downey Jr, and Will Smith)
- Favorite Book – Saturate: Being Disciples Of Jesus In The Everyday Stuff Of Life
- Why I Joined Misfits – I believe it’s incredibly important to be able to engage in theological discussions in an amicable way, and what Misfits is doing is providing one such avenue to do just that.
- Inspirational Quote – “Preach the gospel to yourself every day.” – Jeff Vanderstelt
- Theological Passions – I’m passionate about applying theology to missional living. I believe that God is more concerned with how theology affects our hearts and hands than how it affects our mind.
- Hobbies – Reading, Writing, Sports, Pizza
- Denomination/Tradition – Southern Baptist
Misfits Position – Full Time Blogger and Director of Social Media
Meyers Briggs – ENFJ (same as Barack Obama, and Ben Affleck)
Favorite Book – The Shack
Why I Joined Misfits – I joined Misfits to be a part of community and safe haven from my former faith and newfound unwelcome beliefs.
Inspirational Quote – “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Theological Passions – Christ’s teachings and practices on love and his resurrection.
Hobbies – Research, reading, playing video games, and going to the movies.
Denomination/Tradition – Episopal/Anglican
Misfits Position – Part Time Blogger
Myers-Brigg – ESFJ/ISFJ (Same as Bill Clinton and Taylor Swift
Favorite Book – Generous Justice & The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
Why I Joined Misfits – To be welcomed and accepted in a community surrounded by other believers from different backgrounds and walks of life. To explore my christianity further and what it means to be a servant of Christ.
Inspirational quote(s) – For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Theological Passions – Social Justice & evangelism
Hobbies – vlogging, gaming, and being a mama.
Denomination/Tradition – interdenominational
Misfits Position – Full Time Blogger
Myers-Brigg – INFP (Same as J.R.R Tolkein, and Julia Roberts)
Favorite Book – Probably, Mere Christianity
Why I Joined Misfits – I’m tired of seeing Christians, brothers and sisters in Christ, tearing each other apart over nonessential differences in theology. I believe it’s time to start cooperating, learning from each other, and working together on behalf of God’s kingdom. We each come from different backgrounds and we each read the Bible a little bit differently. We need each other to come to a fuller understanding of who we are as humans and, more importantly, who our God is.
Inspirational quote(s) – “A story-formed community…will not be so sure it has all the answers. Such a community will listen for surprises, for strangers, and for imaginative new ideas which it cannot control.” Philip S. Keane
Theological Passions – Biblical theology / Old Testament in the New Testament / Imaginative hermeneutics
Hobbies – Writing, photography, web development
Denomination/Tradition – Church Of God (Anderson, IN)
Misfits Position – Co-Founder, and Full time blogger
Myers-Brigg – INFJ (?) Feels like it depends on the day I take it the test.
Favorite Book – One of my favorite books is Catholicism: A Journey Heart of the Faith (Robert Barron). It was recommended to me at an early stage in the process of my conversion to Catholicism, and so it has some sentimental value for me. It’s a great introduction to Christianity in general, covering the life of Christ, Trinitarian theism, Catholic Mariology, the sacraments, prayer, and eschatology.
Why I Joined Misfits – To help create a safe space for people to explore their religious doubts and questions.
Inspirational quote(s) – “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”
Theological Interests – Thomism, history of Western philosophy, ecclesiology, church history, Natural Law, virtue ethics, eschatology, lay movements in Christianity, etc.
Hobbies – Philosophical and theological reading, video games, and music.
Denomination/Tradition – Catholicism
Misfits Position – Full time blogger
Myers-Brigg – INFJ
Favorite Book – “Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words” by Rod Bennett, “The World’s First Love” Fulton J. Sheen
Why I Joined Misfits – I joined Misfits because of the opportunity to engage with people with diverse approaches to faith.
Inspirational quote(s) – “Don’t let yourself forget that God’s grace rewards not only those who never slip, but also those who bend and fall. So sing! The song of rejoicing softens hard hearts. It makes tears of godly sorrow flow from them. Singing summons the Holy Spirit. Happy praises offered in simplicity and love lead the faithful to complete harmony, without discord. Don’t stop singing.” (Hildegard of Bingen)
Theological Passions – Patristics, Mariology
Hobbies – Camping, playing music, reading
Denomination/Tradition – Roman Catholicism
Misfits Position – Technical Assistance (Literally the most important job)
Myers-Brigg – INTP (Same as Bill Gates, and Albert Einstein)
Favorite Book – Brisingr By Christopher Paolini
Why I Joined Misfits – I am one of Gabe’s best friends and he needed someone to manage the website, which I gladly agreed to.
Inspirational quote(s) – “Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” Vincent Van Gogh
Theological Passions – Doing everything through love.
Hobbies – Reading, writing, video games, coffee, and camping
Denomination/Tradition – Ecumenical/Trans-Denominational
Misfits Position – Part-Time Blogger
Myers-Briggs – INFJ
Favorite Book – Inner Voice of Love By Henri Nouwen, The Iron Ring By Lloyd Alexander, Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Why I joined Misfits – I like looking at things from various angles and enjoy discovering different perspective on Biblical studies and Theology and believe Misfits is a perfect place for me to do that.
Inspirational Quote – “God has me do some really crazy stuff to remind me of who I am.” – Bob Pagelow
Theological Passions – Building up of the Church, Women in Ministry
Hobbies – World Building, building fake genealogies
Denomination/Tradition – Baptist
Misfits Position – Full-Time Blogger
Myers-Briggs – ENFJ (Sporadically insane)
Favorite Book- The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Why I joined- It’s important to show the world around us the differing views between believers and how they engage with one another in that. We are marked by our love for our neighbors.
Inspirational quote- “Anxiety is characteristic of the Gentiles, for they rely on their own strength and work instead of relying on God.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer (from The Cost of Discipleship)
Theological Passions- I am intensely passionate about authentic Christianity (do ask and I’d be glad to explain) and studying Church History.
Hobbies- Mountain biking, and Army stuff (that last part isn’t a hobby, it just takes up a considerable portion of my time)
Denomination/Tradition- Missionary Baptist (American Baptist Association) in service, non-denominational in mindset
Misfits Position – Guest Blogger
Myers-Brigg – borderline INFP, Enneagram 9
Favorite Book – Simone Weil, Awaiting God
Why I Joined Misfits – I’m an outlier / distruptor
Favorite quote(s) – “If you would not beseech Christ day and night [for the redemption of all], then your heart is of iron—but there is no need for iron in paradise.” St. Silouan the Athonite
Theological Passions – Patristic Christology, The Cross as Christus Victor and Anti-theodicy, Hopeful Inclusivism
Hobbies – Mountain Hiking (non-practicing) and Reading
Denomination/Tradition – Eastern Orthodox permeated with Anabaptism.
Father Everett Lees
Misfits Position – Part-Time Blogger
Myers-Brigg – ISFJ (Same as Neville Longbottom and Barbara Bush)
Favorite Book – Suprised by Hope By N.T. Wright, For The Life of The World By Alexander Schmemann
Why I Joined Misfits – Its the only place that would take me.
Favorite quote(s) – “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” Sirius Black
Theological Passions – Evangelism, Discipleship, and Avoiding Heresy
Hobbies – Reading, coffee, beer.
Denomination/Tradition – Episopal/Anglican
Misfits Position – Part time, please
Myers-Brigg – ENFJ
Favorite Book – The Bible: A Biography by Karen Armstrong; Water from an Ancient Well by Kenneth McIntosh; Christianity: The First 3000 Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Why I Joined Misfits – Gabe asked me
Favorite quote(s) – “In my experience Joy and Sadness are the same – my being feels embraced and alive” Margaret Wheatley.
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” James Baldwin
Theological Passions – Celtic Saints and Christianity before the Synod of Whitby. Understanding Arianism and its role in the formation of the Eastern Churches and Islam. The equal role of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity and expression in Centering Prayer.
Hobbies – All consuming Seminary. Hiking and travel. Family and grandkids.
Denomination/Tradition – Presbyterian Church USA
Joanne Guarnieri Hagemeyer
Misfits Position – Part-time blogger
Myers-Brigg – INTJ (Same as C.S. Lewis and Jane Austen)
Favorite Book – I’d rather say favorite authors—Ursula Le Guin, Gilbert Bilezikian, A.W. Tozer, but even there, each time I write down a name, ten more appear in my mind’s eye, of people who have changed my life through their books. I do keep returning to two seminal works: “ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church” (Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost) and “The Practice of the Presence of God” (Brother Lawrence). I am not the same person after having read those books.
Why I Joined Misfits – I used to be a moderator on Theologica (a now defunct forum) and really miss the deep discussions we had there, among the diverse Body of Christ, running the gamut of all three branches of Christendom. God’s book is written in story, poetry, plays, axioms, autobiography, letters, comedy, allegory, and song. It is a conversation piece, and I’m eager to learn from everyone here.
Inspirational quote(s) – “’Don’t know,’ said Button Bright.’” (The Road to Oz)
Theological Interests – ecology, gender, mental illness, organic church
Hobbies – Reading, making music, writing, archaeology
Denomination/Tradition – Trans-Denominational, with Organic Leanings
Misfits Position – Blogger!
Meyers Briggs – ISTJ, in partial remission due to retirement.
Favorite Book – Life of the Beloved – Henri J. M. Nouwen. Anything by Marcus Borg. Anything by Rowan Williams. Almost anything about the Christian contemplative tradition. A whole bunch of Martin Luther, extreme as he is. Anything written or spoken by Nadia Bolz-Weber.
Why I Joined Misfits – We have so much to learn from each other; I want to participate in the process.
Inspirational Quote – “Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said to him, ‘Abba as far as I can I say my little office, I fast a little, I pray and meditate, I live in peace and as far as I can, I purify my thoughts. What else can I do?’ then the old man stood up and stretched his hands towards heaven. His fingers became like ten lamps of fire and he said to him, ‘If you will, you can become all flame.’” From the Sayings of the Desert Fathers
And along the same lines: “This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.” ― Martin Luther
Theological Passions – In the inner world, the Christian contemplative tradition. In the outer world, learning to be church post-Christendom.
Hobbies – Gardening, hiking, horses, dabbling in lots of stuff.
Denomination/Tradition – seriously Lutheran – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Misfits Position – Part time blogger
Meyers Briggs – INFJ
Favorite Book – East of Eden
Why I Joined Misfits – I believe that theology is best done in the manner Jesus taught us to live–in love. No person owns the rights to theology. We all participate in it’s ongoing conversation as we make sense of the God revealed in the world. Misfits are people seeking to do just that; they recognize that there are multiple sides to the conversation, but instead of pushing others away, each person is kept at arm’s length. In humility, I seek to share my perspective of God while showing others’ perspectives to refine my own.
Inspirational Quote – “Like most theologians, I believe that Christian theology is language about God. But it’s more than that, and it’s the ‘more’ that makes theology Christian. Christian theology is language about the liberating character of God’s presence in Jesus Christ as he calls his people into being for freedom in the world. The task of the theologian, as a member of the people of God, is to clarify what the Church believes and does in relation to its participation in God’s liberating work in the world.”
(James H. Cone, God of the Oppressed)
Theological Passions – Spiritual formation (concentration: adolescence), christology, ecclesiology, discipleship
Denomination/Tradition – Baptist
Misfits Position – Part-Time Blogger
Myers-Brigg – ENTP
Favorite Book – The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns
Why I Joined Misfits – I joined Misfits because I needed a diverse place to debate theologically
Favorite quote(s) – Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil-the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be.” William George Jordan”
Theological Passions – Church History, Church in America, Kingdom of God
Hobbies – Hanging with my kids, laughing, hanging with my wife, making people smile
Love Language: Gifts (I like to give them)
Denomination/Tradition – misfit, I have experience in many denominations because I am looking for my tribe
Myers-Briggs – ISTJ, Enneagram 2 w 1
Favorite Book – Harry Potter Series, Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series, Leighton Ford’s The Attentive Life, Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard, and so many others!
Why i Joined Misfits – While in seminary, many of my theological constructs have been deconstructed. As that process continues, I have became aware that I no longer fit into a specific religious box. This prompted me to leave the evangelical church I had attended for 7 years. As I wander in the wilderness, I long for a community where I can both contribute and grow in my understanding of what it means to be part of the Church outside of religious structures. The Misfits Theology Club is a safe place to do that.
Favorite Quote – “When you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
“God allows the shattering of lesser dreams to give us Himself.” MaryBeth Burton
Hobbies – Running slow and steady, coffee dates with good friends, collecting books I hope to one day read, micro-blogging on social media
Love Language – Acts of service or words of affirmation
Denomination/Tradition- to be determined
Charity Kemper Sandstrom
Misfits Position – Part time Author
Meyers Briggs – INFJ (Kind of, it varies. I’m always IN)
Favorite Book – Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
Why I Joined Misfits – I love talking about life and faith. Diversity in expression of Christian faith is healthy. When we can reason together across theological differences it makes us all stronger. Creating spaces where we can express our thoughts openly and honestly without fear of rejection has potential to bring healing.
Inspirational Quote – “When it stops hurting, it’ll feel a whole lot better.” Mr. Drowatzky, High School Biology Teacher
Theological Passions – Grace & Shalom
Denomination/Tradition – Evangelical Quaker (Evangelical Friends Church- Mid America Yearly Meeting)
Position: Part time blogger
Enneagram Number: Probably a 9, if you’re into categories
Favorite Book(s): I don’t generally do favorites. But Spirituality of the Road by David Bosch is a recent book I’ve read. In a lot of ways I felt like it captures my transformation of thought..
Why I joined Misfits: I handed the right guy the right beer in the right brewery at the right time.
Favorite Quotes: “Let there be light.” -God
Theological Interests: the concept of Pilgrim-Witness, the role of the church in the world and its relationship to the world, anything that helps me better operate in the world as a more faithful witness to God’s revelation of God-self to the world, theology as peacemaking
Hobbies: Smoking a pipe, changing diapers and climbing V1s
Denomination/tradition: I am Baptist
Misfits Position: Part-time blogger
Misfits Position: Part Time Blogger
Myers-Briggs/Enneagram: INFJ / Four
Favorite Books: Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis (the entire series), The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis, Perelandra – C.S. Lewis, Life Together – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Underground Church – Brian Sanders, The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch, The Pastor – Eugene Peterson, The Way of the Heart – Henri Nouwen, Practice of the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence, The Seven Storey Mountain – Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation – Thomas Merton, The Cloud of Unknowing – Anonymous, Surprised by Hope – N.T. Wright, The Day the Revolution Began – N.T. Wright, The Book Thief – Markus Zusak, Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Favorite Quotes: “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence…” – Max Ehrmann, Desiderata
“There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun… If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed…” – Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” – C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
Why I Joined Misfits: I didn’t want to wait until my death for the thoughts contained in my leather-bound journals to be published…. But for real, it seems like a great community here on the Island of Misfit Theologians, and I wanted to be a part of it.
Theological Passions: The Christian mystics and their theologies, contemplative prayer and practices, organic/underground/unique church forms in church planting
Hobbies: Reading, hiking/backpacking, acoustic guitar, charcoal/pen art, staying up too late listening to post/instrumental rock and thinking about the universe
Denomination/Tradition: “I’ve got no strings…” – Pinocchio.
Currently in a home-grown, organic apartment church with no affiliation.
Misfits Position – Part-Time
Meyers Briggs – ENFP
Favorite Book – New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
Why I Joined Misfits – To explore the different traditions of the faith with other
like-minded writers and thinkers.
Inspirational Quote – “My humanity is bound up in yours for we can only be human together. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.” – Desmond Tutu
Theological Passions – My theological passion boils down to understanding people and the history of where we all come from so we can get a better understanding of how to keep moving into the future together.
Denomination/Tradition – Anglican
Ah – so you need some type of bio on me I see.
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words we dimly hear:
You sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand.
Raner Maria Rilke
Theological Passions – Communion – Mystics
Hobbies – Piano, Voice – Reading, Hiking, Camping
Denomination – Evolving – the great mystery
Misfits Position – part-time
Myers-Brigg – INFJ
Favorite Book(s) – The Challenge of Jesus by N.T. Wright, Jesus the Lord According to Paul the Apostle by Gordon Fee, and The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Why I Joined Misfits – This place a wonderful space to converse about the shared Christian faith and grow convictions. I am here to take a part in the conversation.
Favorite quote(s) –
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
– Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)
“There is good in him, I felt it.” – Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
Theological Passions – Historical Jesus and Christological studies
Hobbies – writing, playing music, and Pokemon.
Denomination/Tradition – I am part of a house church movement
Jessica Marie Yoder
Misfits Position – Blogger
Myers-Brigg – ENFP
Favorite Book(s) – Swimmy by Leo Lionni. I have it in three languages.
Why I Joined Misfits – I am often a misfit in the academic world of Biblical and religious studies. I need a place where I feel welcomed to be myself. In a world where people are so quick to divide and tear each other down, we need more places of encouragement and friendly discussion.
Favorite quote(s) – “Nails were not enough to hold God-and-Man nailed and fasted to the cross had not love held him there.” St. Catherine of Siena
Theological Passions – Dominican (Order of Preachers), Passion/Eucharist, Spiritual Warfare, New Testament, Amish, and more.
Hobbies – a wide variety of arts & crafts, cooking, pets, writing, backpack camping, Doctor Who fandom, and building Minecraft structures with my son.
Denomination/Tradition – Roman Catholic, Dominican Laity