For a long time in this blog, I was known only as Deacon Blue. My actual name is Jeffrey Bouley (just call me Jeff, no need to be formal…or continue call me Deacon Blue, Deacon, Deac, Deke or whatever else; my blogging name is as welcome to hear as my real one).
I am a writer and editor with professional experience going back to 1990, when I obtained my bachelor’s degree in journalism and embarked upon my master’s degree program in magazine publishing, though to be honest I was writing long before then (and had been published in a nationally distributed magazine before I graduated from high school).
My birthday is March 24, 1968, so do your own math to figure out my current age; keeps me from having to keep updating that number. ;-)
If you want to know more about my professional experience and/or how to reach me, click here. I am always looking for new work, and have a broad range of talents. And don’t feel like you can only offer me work in subject areas that I’ve covered before. I adapt well and learn quickly; that’s what I was trained to do as a journalist.
My Spiritual Side
So, what about my spiritual “credentials,” given that spiritual and religious issues are a frequent topic here? Well, can tell you right now I haven’t been to any seminary, and I’m no Bible scholar. But I was born again through faith in Jesus Christ back around 1995 or so. I’d been a Christian all my life until then, but never really considered Jesus’ sacrifices for humanity (and for me) and never truly accepted him as Lord and Savior. Once I did, my afterlife was secure, and my current life got very complicated, because a faith walk is a constant journey, and it has, I believe, many more potholes and other hazards compared to not taking the walk. But I also believe the payoff for making the journey is worth the problems along the way.
I actually am a deacon. That said, I’ve sinned plenty in the past; I still commit more sins than I should. I’m an evangelically based child of God and I believe in the truth of the Bible, which is the Word of God. That doesn’t mean I reject science and reason, and it doesn’t mean I disregard the value of other faiths. I just believe that I am on the best road, and I believe that the Bible needs to be interpreted with a firm understanding that it doesn’t get updated by God on an annual basis, so we have to understand why things were presented as they were way back when, and understand how they apply to us now. The Word of God doesn’t change, but He expects us to be smart enough to interpret it in context and fulfill the heart and intent of His words; not simply the letter of them.
I’m married. I have two children. I’ve lived on the West Coast, the East Coast and in the Midwest. I’m currently ensconced in Northern New England, and that’s as close as I’m going to pinpoint things for you.
I like a nice cold pint of lager/ale (or two), or even a good White Russian, Kahlua and cream or Tequila Sunrise now and again, but rarely get the chance to do so.
I play computer games in which I do things I would never do in real life, I think Pulp Fiction is one of the best films ever made, I support socialized healthcare and a place for the death penalty, I consider my wife an equal partner, I speak to my kids rather than hitting them, I believe in the power of science as much as I do the power of faith, I think society is terribly slanted toward the rich and against everyone else, I think the justice system screws over minorities and the poor, and I think that using instant replays in officiating professional sports is a damned fool thing to do.
In other words, I’m a unique person, just like you, and don’t think you know who I am and what I stand for just because I am an evangelistic Christian. Because the fact is, I’m a liberal/progressive evangelistic Christian. I’m a boring guy. And a fascinating guy. And an average guy. I’m a lion and a lamb (usually depending on whether I’ve had enough coffee yet). I wield a pen mostly, but I’m prepared to take up the sword, too, if someone messes with those I love.
Sometimes, I will use colorful (read: foul) language on this blog. Many have asked me why, and have suggested it might be a stumbling block for people who are faith-based or who cannot reconcile the seeming incongruity of a Christian who sometimes has a blue streak. I don’t swear all the time, but when I do, it is to make an emphatic point or to express the intensity of my emotions about something. Cursing is, in the end, simply a set of words, and it has it uses, as with any words.
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