FYI – I’m not doing a whole lot on this site anymore, but please check out my new site, which is a musical continuation of the theme of this blog… the Tension


“This is me in a nutshell… How did I get in this shell? And what kind of shell has a nut like me?”

I’m a husband, a father, a God-seeker and an idealist… I have a serious problem with things not being the way that they “should be” or “could be”. Like most things, sometimes this helps me, sometimes this hurts me…

I’ve named this blog after one of my favorite songs, “Dare You to Move” and rather than rehash the explanation here, I’ll paste and link to one of my first blog posts:

“Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
Tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be”
-Switchfoot “Dare You To Move”

So this is where I got the idea for the name of my blog. This song has always really stuck with me, from the first time I heard it at least 4 years ago… Especially the line about “the tension is here”. I just feel like that sums up so much of what I feel so frequently: that things could be so much better than they are, but they’re not yet… and I hope and pray that they will be someday, but it’s not going to happen fast and there’s no shortcuts.

So all I’m left with is this tension, and (usually, on a good day) hope.. I think Brian McLaren put it really well in the tagline for his book A Generous Orthodoxy when he said (among other things) that he is “Depressed-yet-Hopeful.” I agree.

Also, see my “Items of Interest” and “Blogroll” on the right for more things that I like…

Thanks for stopping by!


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey man, great to meet. Hope you hang in there in Upstate NY. If you ever write up some thoughts on the evening…or on the album(s), please email me and let me know. I like to aggregate all things Cobalt Season onto the website.

    Be well.

  2. Ryan-
    Thanks for stopping by. And thanks so much for coming to Albany, it was a GREAT time. Here’s to hoping our paths cross again sometime…

    Safe travels on the rest of your tour!


  3. curtis,
    I got here via C. Wess Daniel’s blog and the discussion regarding the emerging church typology.
    I was a pastor in Albany for 14 years and moved to CA 5 years ago. They were wonderful years and Albany holds an important spot in my heart and was critical in my formation.

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