About

Hi, I’m Bryan Stoudt and this is my personal blog.  Thanks for stopping by.
If you consider yourself a follower of Christ, but find yourself getting stuck in the midst of your crazy, busy life, then this blog is for you.  My mission is to help you connect the power of Jesus Christ to your everyday life so that you experience transformation and make a difference in your world.
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Our family (from left): Anna, Braedon, Sharon, Matthew, me, & Carissa.

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Why I Blog

We need to see how our relationship with Christ connects with our everyday lives.  It’s so easy to have a relationship with God, but not really know what that means in our everyday lives.  In our marriages.  With our friends.  In our parenting.  At our workplaces and campuses.  As we date. In our communities.  I share what I’m learning with you to help you live for God in the little moments you face each day.

We need both substance and practical advice to make progress.  Sometimes, it seems like Christians are offered two choices: either ivory tower, in-depth biblical teaching and doctrine that doesn’t intersect with our lives, or, specific, practical tips that have little or no biblical foundation.   We need a third way, insight that is both biblical and helps us make practical progress in our lives.

We need to impact the people around us.  We want to know we’re making a difference in the people around us.  Especially at work and in our homes.  But it’s hard, isn’t it?  We get distracted and overwhelmed, then find ourselves stuck in a rut and discouraged.  My hope in writing is to not only to help you experience personal growth, but also to equip you to be an agent of transformation in the lives of those who matter to you most.

About My Family

I’ve been married to the love of my life, Sharon, since 1998.  I’m so thankful for her. We’ve had our struggles, but what we’ve learned and overcome helps me understand what those of you who are married are facing in your own marriages.

Together, we have four children, Carissa (15), Matthew (14), Anna (11) and Braedon (6). Each one is a tremendous gift and has helped us understand the adage that ‘children raise their parents’!  Matthew, moderately-severely autistic, has been a special source of challenge and blessing.  Like our marriage, our successes and failures have helped us grow and will hopefully prove useful on your own parenting journey.

Professionally, I’ve been in ministry since graduating from seminary in 1999.  Since that time, I’ve worked with undergraduates and now healthcare students and professionals.  Along the way, I’ve been involved in many other things, including church leadership teams, small groups and pre-engagement/marital counseling.  I’ve seen – and contributed to – the good, the bad and the ugly in each of them, all of which have shaped me and led to my interest in helping you through this blog.

We live just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  I love the city and the ‘burbs’, and feel equally home in both.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, roasting my own coffee, gardening and (above all) spending time with my family.

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