Marc Alan Schelske

Marc Alan Schelske

Ephesians 2:10 says that your life is God's artwork. You have a good and beautiful purpose. I write and speak to help you find belonging, redemption & growth as you discover the life God has designed for you. My name is Marc Alan Schelske.

I'm a reader, a thinker, a writer, a speaker. Sometimes I'm a chef or a songwriter. Much more importantly, I'm also a daddy and a husband. I'm the teaching elder at Bridge City Community Church, in Milwaukie, Oregon, a faith community for sinners and misfits who love Jesus and hope to grow. There I bang the drum for inside-out living and have the privilege of inviting people into a life of following Jesus more and more.

In my writing, I focus on what it looks like to live intentionally, knowing you are God's artwork made for a good purpose. Jesus' teaching in Luke 10:26-28 shapes my view on what a whole, integrated spiritual life looks like where we love God with our whole heart, soul, strength and mind.

I've served as a pastor full-time since 1995. In that vocation you get to fill a staggering array of roles: coach, mentor, spiritual guide, babysitter, event planner, HR professional, public speaker, building manager, mediator, marriage counselor, even CEO. I turned in 2011 and as I looked back at my life, I learned that I'm not good at all of those things.

Because I want to make a dent in the universe, I want to spend the next 40 years doing the things I'm wired up to do. I'm a great communicator, teacher, public speaker and writer.

My life experience provides the fertile soil for what I communicate. A snapshot of my influences would probably include some of these things:

- I'm an adopted child. A PK. The child of a conservative, even at times fundamentalist, Christian community.

- My dad died unexpectedly when I was 11, forever shaping my heart and my emotional reality, and leaving me alienated and isolated from the church.

- I attended art school, pursuing a career in architecture, looking for a creative way forward in my life, where I got derailed by God's call to ministry. I packed my whole life into the back of my Chevy S-10 Blazer and headed west, like so many before me seeking a new life. I got a degree in Theology at Walla Walla University, and started making my way in youth ministry (The R&D department of the church.)

- I was hired as a hot shot new youth pastor at a large influential church and promptly experienced the worst church split I have ever seen before or since, in many ways shattering my image of what church should be.

- I was invited to be on staff at a new church plant, and hung on for the ride of my life. I've experienced some of the worst tragedies that can happen to a church. I've experienced astounding victories. I've led for years out of my own performance-driven needs, and have seen how destructive that is.

- I've come to the very edge of burnout, lived with depression where I couldn't drag myself out of bed in the morning, and been in counseling for more than a year.

- Along the way I married Christina, an amazing, strong woman who has graciously stayed close to me when I spent most of our marriage unavailable to her. Together we're working to rebuild a new kind of marriage on top of our painful ruins. Today we have a 16 year old son, a 6 year old daughter, a 5-year old son and a happy mutt named Jackson.

- All of this happens in Milwaukie, a little community in Portland, Oregon -- one of the most interesting, challenging, and weird places you can be a pastor.

For fun I cook, listen to music (live music is especially good for me), play guitar, and read. I'm a voracious reader, from the Church Fathers to Seth Godin, from theology to neurobiology, from high fantasy to blogs about technology-and all of it shows up in my thinking in one way or another.

Whether through a book, a blog post (www.MarcAlanSchelske), or speaking, I hope to interact with you and support you on your quest for an intentional and life-giving spiritual journey as you follow Jesus.

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    Christians believe many myths about emotions: Emotions lead you astray. Emotions aren’t spiritual. And the biggest myth: God is not emotional. These myths, combined with a lack of training work together to create Christians who are fragile, reactive, and emotionally immature....

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