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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Finding My Pace

While I am a runner. Although I haven’t run as much since I started doing CrossFit at CrossFit Ironside. When I talk about finding my pace I am not referring to a running pace. I am talking about finding pace in my life. Last year in June I transitioned into a new role at my […]

Those Darn Verse Markers

Sometimes I get bothered by how the verse markers get placed in the Bible. When the Bible was written it was written as a letter or a blog post. There were no chapter or verse markers. In my Bible reading I ran across an example of where this bothers me in Matthew 5:44-45 (ESV). But […]

18 Amazing Years

Today, I celebrate 18 years of being married to my best friend. Everyone always says that each year they feel that they are more in love with their spouse and I have to say that with me it is very true. However, I would also like to say that each year I also feel that […]

Jesus Tattoo

My wife showed me this picture recently and so I Googled it and ran across the website associated with it: JesusTattoo.org. I applaud them for their efforts with the video they produced and their creativity they used in it, but I think that there should have been some more investment into making it a little […]


According to Dictionary.com simplify means: to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier. That is the word I want to mark 2012 with in my life. Last year I felt like time just flew by and I missed way too much. This year I am determining that I will make my life less […]


well, last week we finally sold our suburban and in good time because the gas prices went nutso! then today we finally got a new car, well, new-to-us used! LOL we got a 1995 honda accord…. it runs great, looks great, has a good amount of room and best of all it is great on […]

my last article for our church’s paper

Thanks For The Memories I wanted to write this last article to simply say “Thank You!” • Thank you friends of Stony Creek Church for opening up your hearts and lives to me and my family for these past 5 and a half years. • Thank you teachers and volunteers in Adventureland for guiding, instructing […]