It is not given to men to make God speak. It is only given to them to live and to think in such a way that, if God’s thunder should come, they will not have stopped their ears.
I’m Ryan Dueck—a husband, father, pastor, blogger, student, and follower of Jesus Christ. I began blogging in 2007 while a graduate student as one way of “unstopping” my ears in response to the God whose “thunder” is unmanageable and unpredictable, but which also responds to the most profound human needs for meaning, acceptance, forgiveness, and redemption. I write about a variety of things here, often related to faith, philosophy, culture, church, etc. Mostly, though, my writing here is simply an exercise in remaining open—open to the God who does speak, in strange, unexpected, mysterious, even puzzling and obscure ways, to be sure, but also in ways more beautiful and challenging and hopeful than we could expect or imagine.
I grew up on a farm in southern Alberta and it was a part of my life for nearly thirty years. In 2002, I went to university and studied philosophy at the University of Lethbridge for three years. Then, in 2005 our family packed up and moved west. We stopped for three years in Vancouver while I completed a Masters degree at Regent College, and then were off to Vancouver Island where I served as associate pastor at Neighbourhood Church for three years. In 2011, we returned to our roots in Alberta where I am currently serving as pastor at Lethbridge Mennonite Church.