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. "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." His newest book, "Saint John of the Mall" is a series of conversation with an old guy at the mall who seems to be Saint John.
Jon has been a communication prof, college administrator, and an associate pastor. Currently, he's a hospital chaplain and a consultant.
He and Nancy have been married since 1983 and have two married children. 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.