Dan two point oh beta—and the blog title

Dan two point oh beta—and the blog title

When I started blog­ging 7 years ago, I was a dif­fer­ent man in a dif­fer­ent place. I was 42; my old­est was in mid­dle school, my youngest not even in kinder­garten; I was about 30 pounds heav­ier; I was mar­ried and vir­tu­ally inca­pac­i­tated by panic attacks (these last two are not unre­lated). I was teach­ing growth track classes at a megachurch and active in their small group ministry.

That was Dan ver­sion one point five or six.

Now, I’m 49; Zack will soon begin his junior year at Auburn (I have an adult child!), Anna is in mid­dle school, and Isaac will soon be in high school; I’m smaller, health­ier, grayer; I’m divorced and liv­ing an active, happy life (these last two are not unre­lated). I’ve gone from megachurch to church plant, where I led the small group min­istry, to St. Thomas, where I was con­firmed as an Epis­co­palian last November.

Addi­tion­ally, I’m liv­ing on my own for the first time in my life. This change alone is exhil­a­rat­ing and more than a lit­tle frightening–complete free­dom and com­plete responsibility.

I love it.