Jon Swanson helps people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.
Once upon a time, Jon thought he would use his PhD in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism to teach college students how to analyze speeches. Instead, he has been helping people read the Bible for more than thirty years. In small groups and conversations, he tries to listen to the text, listen to people and connect the two in ways that are practical and often unexpected.
Recently, he's been writing about changing our routines, and his books on Advent, Lent, and the Sermon on the Mount give practical examples. His most recent book, "A Great Work", is a conversation with Nehemiah which, in the words of one reader, "offers the gift of allowing people to feel they can understand without having to be scholars."
Jon has been a communication prof, college administrator, and, since 2000, an associate pastor. Currently, he's the executive pastor at Grabill Missionary Church. (His published writings do not necessarily reflect the positions of that church.)
He and Nancy have been married since 1983 and have two children (one married). Jon and Nancy walk at least two miles a day, conversing the whole time.
Jon has been blogging since 2005. In 2008, he started 300wordsaday.com, where he writes in simple language about following Jesus, 300 words at a time.