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January 20, 2008


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josh g.

Neat! I'd heard about this guy before, somewhere somehow (read an article in a paper or something).

Wanting to avoid calling him a "hobo" raises all kinds of interesting questions. If he lives without a home, is he homeless? If so, why are we so nervous to call him as much? Are we afraid of insulting him? Or are we afraid of losing our grip on our notion of what or who a homeless person is?

Jordan S.


Brad, I'm new to your community at Fresh Wind - and I am so pleased to be a part of it finally.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you and the others personally... I'll make sure to introduce myself next week.

Thanks for sharing this story, it got me really excited again.

Oh, and if you want to read my impressions of Fresh wind, they're here: jordanwshaw.blogspot.com

Thanks again!

Brad Jersak

Nicely said Debbi! In the midst of that, it is probably important that his favorite name for himself was "Son of Man."


I think the Truth of the matter is not so much that 'we are what we pretend to be' as much as what 'we believe in our hearts determines who we are'. The key is that what we believe about ourselves is the motivator for our actions. No level of pretense will truly change that. Jesus, even though coming as a poor, homeless, and apparently vulnerable unlikely candidate for a Saviour, never forgot who He believed in His heart He was. All of what He did and said arose from the Truth that He was the Son of God no matter what 'role'He played. So His actions had nothing to do with 'pretending to be' He lived out what He knew was Truth

Brad Jersak

I'm not even sure that Vonnegut's quote is even true. "Hypocrite" literally means "actor" and one could argue it doubles for "pretender." But in this context, there's something else going on that intrigued me, so I thought I'd play with it for truth's sake.

Erica Schmidt

I was so blessed by this article.
However when I first read the title and the introductory quote, I assumed this 'sermon' was coming from the other side! That is, for many years I have pretended to be a 'good christian' And that pretending had lead me to believe that I had the answers to lifes' questions.
I am at this time on a journey toward finding the real me. The me that Abba originally created and is prefecting in His time. The answers aren't as readily available as I thought but they are so much more personal and life enriching.


Wow. This is really relavent. I am struck by how quickly our perception dictates our immediate judgement. I would not have believed a man pretending to be a hobo could be a pastoral missionary. Yet can I beleive what I pretend to be because God puts me in that position? I sit in a job where I go and pretend to be...how long before i am what I pretend? It is very comforting.


Thanks! I love that! Making my way there!

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