The Least of These

“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When […]

A New Year’s Benediction for 2015

I posted this several years ago and wanted to post it again as 2015 comes to a close. A Franciscan Benediction: May God bless you with discomfort, at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger, at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of […]

To My Daughter On Her Graduation Day

The day you were born is one that I will never forget because it changed my life forever. I had no idea that this little girl all swaddled up in a blanket that I was holding in my arms would grab a hold of my heart like she did and has. Life would never be the […]

I Feel Like I Have Been Here Before

Sometimes I feel like I am just stuck in a roundabout like Chevy Chase was in European Vacation just saying, “look kids, Big Ben… Parliament”. We have been house hunting for about a month now and it just seems like when we think we found the right place something happens and we don’t get the […]

The Drop Box… A Movie

Tonight, I went to go see the movie The Drop Box, which is the story of Pastor Lee Jong-rak, a pastor in Seoul who had set up a “drop box” at the front of his church to rescue babies that would otherwise be abandoned. I had seen several emails come across my inbox advertising the […]

Dan Nagele’s Eulogy

I had a few people ask for a copy of the eulogy that I read today at Dan’s funeral. Below are the words that I said. Hi, my name is Todd Porter and Dan Nagele was my youth pastor growing up. Daniel Alan Nagele was born on August 1, 1962 in Kingston, NY and was […]

I Am Ruined

I came back from another mission trip and it once again has changed me, but this time it seems a little different. I saw something while I was on this trip to Guatemala with Faith In Action that completely humbled me. It really ruined me. It wasn’t until I read the final day in our […]

Why I Volunteer For AMF

I recently was having a conversation with someone about why I volunteer for the Anthony Muñoz Foundation (AMF). They jokingly asked if it was the opportunity to golf at the TPC River’s Bend for a VERY reduced rate, which is the thank you to the people who volunteered for AMF’s annual Hall Of Fame Golf […]

Hannah & Todd Guatemala Update

Dear Friends and Family, In November of 2014, Hannah and I will be traveling with a team from The River Church to Guatemala. We will be working with the Faith In Action Ministries ( to continue their calling to bring hope to the forgotten peoples of Guatemala by laboring alongside them, and by being testimonies […]

Apple TV vs. Roku

I have had a few people ask me about the differences and my preferences between Apple TV and Roku. So I will do my best to explain them here. First, I have to be honest that both of them have their pluses and minuses. Both are great products and I recommend both. I don’t think […]