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Monday, May 27, 2024

Eric Blauer

I am Frederick Christian Blauer IV, but I go by Eric, it sounds less like a megalomaniac but still hints at my Scandinavian destiny of coastal conquest and ultimate rule. I have accumulated a fair number of titles: son, brother, husband, father, pastor, writer, artist and a few other more colorful titles by my fanged fans. I am a lover of story be it heard, read or watched in all beauty, gory or glory. I write and speak as an exorcist or poltergeist, splashing holy water, spilling wine and breaking bread between the apocalypse and a sleeping baby. I am possessed by too many words and they get driven out like wild pigs and into the waters of my blog at www.fcb4.tumblr.com. I work as a pastor at Jacob's Well Church (www.jacobswellspokane.com) across the tracks on 'that' side of town. I follow Christ in East Central Spokane among saints, sinners, angels, demons, crime, condoms, chaos, beauty, goodness and powerful weakness. I have more questions than answers, grey hairs than brown, fat than muscle, fire than fireplace and experience more love from my wife, family and friends than a man should be blessed with in one lifetime.

A home should tell a story

I just returned from a four day prayer retreat at Mt. Angel Abbey in the Willamette valley in Oregon. I often purchase various icons from my travels that memorialize those sacred moments in my life.

Finding hope

"Finding hope when you fail to love"

What religion should be doing

Is religion a voice for good?
I think it depends on what it is saying and doing.

Honoring my heart and time

I have chosen to love, believe and respect who I am, in light of what God has said about me.

To allow myself to call abuse and abusers what they are in relationship to my experience of them.

God forbids necromancy

The Christian bible forbids necromancy, astrology and various forms of occult divination as practices that cultivate trust in dark and adversarial powers.

People already have their minds made up on abortion

The Viewpoints question presented on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is how can we have a respectful, productive dialogue?
I think the manner in which people talk about this subject is key but in the end it seems people have made up their mind and come to the issue to fight more than find new paths forward.

Lesson: Time stops for no one

The biggest spiritual lesson I learned this year is time stops for no one.

I had two of my four kids move out during the summer. My only daughter got married and my oldest son moved out with a buddy.

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