For most of my life I was afraid to follow my passion. Growing up I was told exactly what to do. And the American educational system told me there was only one way to do it. I was told by religion, “the answer is NO—about everything”. And now I am told daily by society, “it is what it is”. My first half of life was all about doing. There was no emphasis at all on BEING. I didn’t know how to be who I really was.
As an ordained minister, for twenty-nine years I did what I was expected to do, followed in my Dad’s footsteps, and served as Pastor of the Arts at two of the most influential mega-churches in the world.
I’ve authored five books, two of which hit #1 on the Amazon Best-Seller list, created and sold two very successful companies, one during the height of the NASDAQ boom, performed for thousands, and by American standards was a rousing success. One of my friends, a Type A wild man who worked for years in the commodity pit in Chicago, says I have a golden horseshoe stuffed up my rear end.
But eight years ago my life felt like it had been torn into a thousand pieces. I was tired and miserable from all the doing and felt like giving up. Thankfully I finally discovered the COURAGE to be who I really am. It was about breaking the chains of family, education, religion and society, and Finally Asking Life’s Most Important Questions. Turns out there’s a universal human need buried underneath those unasked questions.
Hopefully, this blog will give you a sense of my journey, my ups and downs, my joys and sorrows—and perhaps give you the courage to craft your life questions. I typically post one to two times a week. To make sure you don’t miss my latest posts, you can subscribe via RSS or email.
By the way, I address eight of these universal questions—Guilt, Addiction, Betrayal, Loneliness, Grief & Loss, Doubt, Depression, Fear & Anxiety—in my upcoming DVD God, I Have A Question or Two which releases Thanksgiving week. I’m joined on the DVD by a multi-vocational panel (some of the most amazing people I’ve ever known) who discuss these questions honestly and candidly. There is also an easy-to-use self-coaching guide. You can get updates and more info about God, I Have A Question or Two by following me on Twitter HERE or by liking my Facebook page HERE.
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I read voraciously and favorite authors include Ayn Rand, Frederick Buechner, Montaigne, Madeline L’Engle and David McCullough.
I have also written five books, one of which landed on the Amazon.com bestseller list. You can find out more about them at my official author page at Amazon.com. My best-selling memoir: A Renaissance Redneck In A Mega-Church Pulpit released Feburary 5, 2014. You can buy it HERE.
I revel in the sensory overload of climbing America’s highest mountains and I once navigated the Uganik River with only a tent and raft in grizzly country for a week in the wilderness of Kodiak Island, Alaska. I’ve completed twenty-four full marathons (yes, 26.2 miles each).
A self-taught artist, I began painting with watercolors in the winter of 2002 at the age of forty-two. A lifelong love affair with graphite sketching provides the foundation for the watercolors and anchors my distinctive layered style. I particularly enjoy painting the female figure (God’s quintessential creation.) Originals, commissions and limited edition prints can be purchased at my online art gallery, elrodart.com I recently served as artist-in-residence at the prestigious O’More School of Design.
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For the last fifteen years, I have gathered global early adopters and creatives together at the annual re:create Conference in Nashville, TN USA.
Two times a year in late July, I gather eight men over age 38 for re:Quest (Finding Meaning In The Second Half of Life), a two-day adventure and secret rite of passage high in the Sangro de Cristo mountains in Angel Fire, NM.
I do a limited number of one-on-one mentoring days in person or via Skype on various topics. Contact me for details.