So you want to know about me, huh? I don’t know what to tell you. I guess that’s really what I’ve been attempting to do with this silly blog–Tell you about myself…. The best way to get to know me–short of eating a meal with me–is probably to read some of the stuff I’ve written.
I’m married. My wife is really beautiful. And funny. She’s fantastic–You can read a little about her here: “A Bench Press, A Biskit, And Some Broken Hearts” and here: “Let A Man Handle This, Ladies.”
I have three kids. They are really beautiful and funny too. I sometimes write about them: “I’m Getting Old.”
I have two jobs. One of my jobs is working in schools teaching kids about accepting differences. You can read a bit about that in this post: “Letting Go Of The R-Word.”
My other job is working as a server at a restaurant. Here’s a couple peeks into that world: “How Not To Do A Wedding Reception” and “Aaron’s Last Wish, And My First $500 Tip.”
I care about politics. I care about human rights. I feel like government can actually help people, if enough of us insist that it does what it’s supposed to. Here is a parable that I wrote: “The Parable of the Big Clock”
I love Jesus. There is nobody, no matter the religion, who doesn’t love Jesus. I believe he is the hope for the world, but maybe not like you might think…. I’m concerned with protecting his reputation from people who seem to be trying hard to sell the story that being a follower of Jesus is about voting republican: “Jesus Voting Republican Would Be A Miracle” or being anti-gay: “Why The Lines At Chick-Fil-A Made Me Cry” or hating Muslims: “How To Wink At A Muslim” or nationalism: “Sacrificing Our Children To The Nation State” or about somehow about killing our enemies: “Guns For Christians Are Like Condoms For Nuns.” Still, I love The Truth more than I love God…. because if God is not contained within The Truth, what good is God to anyone?
And I like making people laugh–Sometimes with bathroom humor. If these don’t make you laugh, you might not like my blog very much:
- “Vasectomies, Jock Straps, And Concepcion“
- “My Almost First Time With A Middle-Aged Lady”
- “Pooping In The Woods, And Other Lessons In Humility”
This blog means a lot to me. I hope it is special to you as well. Here are some of my favorites:
- “A White Guy’s Thoughts On Martin Luther King”
- “Rob Bell and Puppies In Hell”
- “How To Not Be A Jack Ass”
- “Daniel LaRusso, Lloyd Dobler, and Jesus”
- “You’re Not A Christian If….”
- “Gay Marriage And Green Eggs & Ham”
- “10 Things Pope Francis Has Done That Make Me Consider Being Catholic”
theboeskool is thebomb!
but….are you dutch?
Oh yeah, faloubus stuff there you!
Hey – read a few of your posts – I really like your writing.
You are an amazing writer- and it’s as inspiring as it is a relief to see someone who is living their life according to what Jesus says, and how he also lived. Thank you for the encouragement and keep up the great writing-
P.S. – you are hilarious
I just read your “pope” blog. 🙂 I appreciate your candid style of writing.
I am a Boes…from northern Ohio. We have Dutch ancestors. Are you from Ohio?
Just read your “pope” blog too and couldn’t agree more with all you said. I’m a Catholic who has great hopes for the Catholic Church with this new pope. God bless him and God bless you.
Just came across your blog…im feeling like someone in this world finally shares similar views to mine! Thanks for distracting me from my work, your writing is a treat!
Please sign me up for you emails
Just click follow on the top right. 🙂
You love the truth more than God? I think the truth resides in God, not vice versa. Or God=truth=love=being.
Timothy, True. God is TRUTH. I may not be wording this right: Many years Cardinal Fulton Sheen made a comment about Truth. It went something like this: The TRUTH is still the truth even if NOBODY believes it. A LIE is a lie even IF EVERYBODY believes it.” So very true. He was a real Christian man who very much loved Jesus.
I meant to say Many years AGO Cardinal Sheen made the comment . I left out the word AGO. Yet, I am sure that people will figure what I meant.
You are fantastic, just discovered you today, and I intend to follow you from this day forward. I do have a question, I put my e-mail address on your sign up list a few minutes ago, and then I posted a reply re your Pope Francis article, but it did not show up. Is there something else I should be doing to be eligible to post a comment?
Thanks so much and Happy Holidays to you and your lovely family!
Reading just a few of your blog-entries, I deduce that you love yourself more than the truth and more than God. Boeskool is in Dutch dialect a term for a vegetable (white cabbage), but probably no person would associate himself with this veggie if he weren’t somehow related to the town of Oldenzaal (All souls), close to the German border. For over a thousand years it was a Roman Catholic stronghold and lapsed not until after the sexual revolution. If you loved Jesus you would indeed not hate muslims, since He loves every person, even His enemies. But you would be against bad behaviour, like practising the muslim faith, which proclaims that God does not have a Son. You would be against immoral behaviour like sodomy and you would acknowledge that government can exert violence in the course of justice (Rom.13). I’m not sure if I will continue reading your blog. But greetings from Twente!
Good post! You might like the two I made about Hobby Lobby. Both are linked in this one: http://andrewpegoda.com/2014/07/01/the-inherent-contradiction-between-the-constitution-and-democracy-more-on-the-hobby-lobby-decision/
Ops – sorry meant to post this on your blog post about Hobby Lobby 🙂
Hello, Boeskool! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info
I happened here after I read about your awesome post on Texas’ Amendment 1 effort. I just want to say that as a humanist, if all Christians were this sensible and tolerant, I don’t know if I would really bother talking ill about Christianity. Keep doing the awesome thing that you’re doing. I’m left inspired. 🙂
Dear me. I think I’ve just found the best male version of myself. We may be related.
How refreshing! I’m so glad I found your blog. You are sharing Jesus to more people than any conservative republican could ever hope to. My kind of evangelism!
Balding, middle-aged, pedo looking, fucktard. Just the kind of person who I like to get life lesson’s from. You babbyboomers are a dying breed (thank God). And I know your gonna be a little bitch and fucking take down the comment. Go ahead. Fact is that my generation (as well as my succeeding generation) are about ready to overthrow you and your generation’s asses. And you’ve had it coming for long time. The way I see it, my generation is allowed to do whatever we wan’t to you, cause that’s what you’ve done to us. You’ve done everything in the world to us.
Jesus probably wouldnt be anti-gay (or anti-anyone, for that matter). But that wouldn’t translate to homosexuals getting married. His own words define marriage, not mine or the Pope’s. Anyways, I agree with the ‘pro-person, optimistic, yet truth doesnt change because society does’ version of Jesus that you seem to espouse. Also, republicans and democrats are bad for America and the world. Something we can all agree on. Cute blog.
How I love what you are doing here on wordpress! So much so, that I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Mazel Tov! Enjoy and have at it! I will keep on reading. You rock!
Please include me as a subscriber. A friend sent me your link. I’d like to see more!
You need to include yourself. near the top right of the posts, you can subscribe. 🙂
Thank you! Love your blog but I can’t figure out how to subscribe.
Top right of the page, just below the beard. 🙂
Your posts are EPIC! And your argumentation is wonderful! So excited I found your blog 🙂
I have just stumbled on your blog and I really like your style and topics. Shareable! Keep doing what you do!
Many today in the American culture, whether they be Christian or non-Christian, seem to misunderstand what love is. They want to say that love should cause us to just let people live however they want to live. However, in God’s word we read that love has to do with obedience to God’s Commandments. The Bible tells us in several places that if we are to love God then we must be obedient to him to show him that love. If we walk in disobedience to his commandments we show that we do not love God and the love of God is not in us. I feel as though I cannot make it clear enough how important it is to just be obedient to God’s Commandments. There is a direct connection between loving God, loving people and being obedient to God. I agree that I should not be pointing the finger at nonbelievers telling them that they are wrong. However, for those who are believers I do have a place to tell them that truly loving God means we are obeying Him and as believers we should never shrug off sin and pretend that it is no big deal to not repent from it. Many so-called Christians flat out refuse to even acknowledge that they are sinning even when the Bible makes it clear that the thing they are doing is offensive to God. If we let the love of God reign in our hearts and over our lives we will desire to be obedient to God. It is only when our hearts are truly surrendered to God in every way that we might please him with our lives. Genuine repentance and a hatred towards sin is desperately needed in the Christian church today.
References used: 2 John 1:6, 1 John 5:2-3, John 14:15,
How shall we tell them the truth? See 1 Corinthians 13 for your answer.
Furthermore, we should absolutely accept sinners into our churches. However, just as Jesus told Mary to “go and sin no more”, we should also, in an effort to disciple, tell other Christians to do the same. After all, the word holy means set apart for God. If we are set apart for God we should look different then the world. Therefore, all Christians should be striving to be obedient and all areas that God has revealed in his word. Go ahead, pick a sin. Drunkenness, orgies, theft, lying, adultery and other sexual sin. By the way, homosexuality falls into that category. All sin is ugly. But, God calls all of his followers away from sin and sinful lifestyles. Romans 1.
I agree that it is not very loving to just point the finger. But, to stand by and allow “Christian” Brothers and sisters to continue on in their sin is a fault in the other extreme.
I love your posts, your blog and the way you make me think. In honour of all those things I’ve nominated you for A One Lovely Blog Award https://savingwithoutscrimping.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/one-lovely-blog-award/
Your blog is amazing! I do want to support, but not through Patreon. Why can’t I find your contact email anywhere?
Or PayPal is here: https://www.paypal.me/TheBoeskool
I came across your article about Hilary Clinton from a friend on fb who is an atheist and posted your link! Looking through your blog and fb posts, I really, really like what you write, your thoughts on politics and musings in general. I’m a Christian and a progressive liberal social worker and my public defender hubby and I are in the minority, political wise, in our family. Keep up the good work and I’m glad I came across your blog and fb page!!!!!
This comment makes me SO VERY happy. Thank you!
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Thank God! I’ve been reading so many posts that left me feeling that, with my white privilege smeared all over me, I couldn’t possibly be an OK person. So depressing. I too grew up in rural America and recognise the razor-sharpness of your description. Could have come out of my mouth, if I were as well-spoken as you are. You are a gift to me.
I too, am a Boeskool.
Being as how I’ve met so few in my life, I allow as how I’m mildly curious about the origins of your particular branch of Boeskools.
Mine are firmly rooted in West Michigan, in Grand Rapids and neighboring environs, although personally I fled long ago to the great white north of Alaska, and still reside there.
Grateful to have found this blog, for so many reasons. Thank you.
I’ve just now discovered you, and am blown away by what you have to say. I still consider myself an evangelical, but I’m sure most evangelicals would consider me misled, apostate and/or heretical, especially since I’m Episcopalian, and don’t vote Republican. Ah, well… Thanks for your honesty and courage. May God continue to bless you and your family. (And I really mean it…)
I am so glad I found your blog. Thank you.
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It was nice to meet you last night at the Birthday Party. Maybe we’ll run into each other again and finish our discussion about the source of morals and religion.
-Rod (aka Kevin)
You too! So nice to meet you. It would be so fun to talk again…
I very much enjoy your blog!
Subscribing! My mom forwards me your posts every once in a while and I feel uplifted by what I read and in turn supported by my mother, who can’t always speak her mind in front of my dad but who I know understands my viewpoints more than she lets on. Thanks for writing!
Ugh, my heart. Thank you…