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 […]

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: 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 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 […]