About me

This isn’t my primary blog. But the writings still have some value, so I’m leaving them here.

The reason I called this blog Levite Chronicles is that in Israel, the levites were the people responsible for cleaning and singing and moving and counting and guarding and guiding and helping. We read about them in the Old Testament. They were also responsible to praise and thank God at the beginning and end of every day. They were named after Levi, one of the sons of Jacob, also called Israel. (Joseph (with the multicolored coat) was Levi’s little brother). I’ve been learning how to do the same things–praising and praying and working. And this blog captures some of my thoughts.

I talk about lots of things here, but mostly I’m talking about faith, about family, about productivity, about relationship, and about looking at normal things in odd ways and difficult things in simple ways.

Once upon a time, I thought I would use my PhD in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism to teach college students how to analyze speeches. Instead, I started helping people read the Bible. I’ve been doing that for more than thirty years. In small groups and conversations, I try to listen to the text, listen to people and connect the two in ways that are practical and often unexpected.

Recently, I’ve been writing about changing our routines. I wrote readers for Advent and Lent, and then gathered my comments on the Sermon on the Mount to give practical examples. My most recent book, “A Great Work“, is a conversation with Nehemiah which, in the words of one reader, “offers the gift of allowing people to feel they can understand without having to be scholars.” Someone talked about the literary device of imaginary conversations. I don’t think they were imaginary, but I understand.

I was a communication prof, college administrator, and, since 2000, an associate pastor. Currently, I’m the executive pastor at Grabill Missionary Church. (My published writings do not necessarily reflect the positions of that church.)

Nancy and I have been married since 1983 and have two children (one married). We walk at least two miles a day, conversing the whole time. We’ve been doing that since 2006. It’s been a stabilizing element in our marriage. And it was one part of what helped me lose 45 pounds in a year and keep them off since. In 2014, I started running and have completed a 5K and two 10Ks.

I have been blogging since 2005. In 2009, I started 300wordsaday.com, where I try to write in simple language about following Jesus, 300 words at a time.

Follow me on twitter as @jnswanson. And email me at jnswanson at gmail dot com. Thanks to Frank Reed, you can learn more about being a social media chaplain and thanks to Dr. Lee Warren, you can hear us talk about social media, Nehemiah, and struggles: You Start Today Episode 23: Pound on God’s Chest with Jon Swanson [PODCAST].

And find my books on Amazon by following anewroutine.com.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jon Swanson

jnswanson at gmail dot com

I’m at LinkedIn and Facebook and twitter as well.

13 responses to “About me

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  2. I’ve been truly enjoying your posts through GMNParents (I get the email version). I don’t remember any specifics now, but I do know that each time I opened an email and saw that something was written by you, I’d read that one first – and by gosh it always had something applicable, really meaty applicable to every day life. And … I just had a sense that – just maybe – you had some Jesus in your heart. Finally, I clicked on your name and found your blog. What an inspiration. Congratulations on your latest accomplishment in your journey toward our Lord. May He continue to bless you and your ministry – even when you’re not calling it ministry (out loud). In Christ, Heather

  3. You got recommended to me by Joanna Young…so I’m subscribing and love what I’ve read so far. Great stuff.

  4. As a former Jehovah’s Witness and newly converted Christian, I’m always very interesting in reading about and hearing from people of faith and mission. Thanks for your blog.

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  6. I was not sure where to send this but when a friend sent it to me one night as we e-mailed back and forth working hard and long on our childrens school auction. I had a quick giggle and flashback to your posts that include your love for coffee so I thought I would share-

    Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze. It maketh me to wake in green pastures. It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses. It restoreth my buzz. It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction, I will fear no Equal – For thou art with me;

  7. I realized that I had not posted the whole ode to coffee so here it is in its radiate entirety….

    Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze.
    It maketh me to wake in green pastures.
    It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
    It restoreth my buzz.
    It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name’s sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
    I will fear no Equal –
    For thou art with me;
    Thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks.
    Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.
    Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life,
    And I will dwell in the House of Mocha forever!

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  9. How many actual “Levite”‘s read your blog?

  10. I’ve been truly enjoying your posts through GMNParents (I get the email version). I don’t remember any specifics now, but I do know that each time I opened an email and saw that something was written by you, I’d read that one first – and by gosh it always had something applicable, really meaty applicable to every day life. And … I just had a sense that – just maybe – you had some Jesus in your heart. Finally, I clicked on your name and found your blog. What an inspiration. Congratulations on your latest accomplishment in your journey toward our Lord. May He continue to bless you and your ministry – even when you’re not calling it ministry (out loud). In Christ, Heather
    +1

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