Writer. Preacher. Stubborn Seeker of Grace


Daniel Ogle

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The Calling of Pain

For more than ten years I’ve worked with young adults – as a Sunday School teacher, as a pastor and as a retreat leader invited to help them make connections between faith and service. Although the technology that houses their screens has changed plenty, one thing that hasn’t is the way these conversations always turn to vocation. Whether we are talking beneath a steeple, in a circle around a campfire or over a cup of

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Finding Home: Beauty and Wisdom in Louise Penny’s Three Pines

At or near the top of the list of things saving my life these days is Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache Series. I don’t know how I discovered the books – I suspect it came as recommended reading from Sarah Bessey’s blog. But I do know this, I have since become an evangelist for all things Three Pines. These are books to be read and books to be savored. There are thirteen books in this series,

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Her Fault

I left town earlier this week to attend a writer’s conference in North Carolina. When I called home to catch up on the day’s events in Knoxville, my wife shared a telling story from daycare. Our daughter had recently graduated into the next age group at school, leaving behind some of her friends.  On this particular day one of her former partners in crime had graduated to the new class – a reunion accompanied by

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“Life lived in search of God is real life, the only life worth living.”Paul Elie-2



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About Me

 I write about the search for the place where faith and real life come together.  My smart friends would call that Incarnational Theology. I call it the life we all desperately want. 

So I write about prayer and the search for a real spiritual life. I write about learning how to pay attention and spot God at work in the world. I write about the gift of the church and the challenges of being a leader in it. I write about good books and good music that make me laugh and keep me sane.  I write about trying to be a good husband and father and using the unique gifts God has given me.  

I write about the power of forgiveness and the search for justice.  I write about grace, and how it is changing me.  I write about reading the Bible and living with gratitude.  I write about faithfulness and living a life worthy of the calling.  In the end, I write about finding life thanks to a Generous Author, who still is writing beautiful stories in us all. 

I hope my seeking can help you in some way find what you are looking for. Thank you so much for stopping by.