Hi, my name is John Blase.
Most credos I’ve read start with the words I/we believe. I won’t do that, or maybe better put, I can’t do that. My credo, if it can even be called such a thing, rides piggyback on the slithering black curved back of the lovely question mark.  I don’t have many answers, but I do have questions…
Why is it that my father raised me on a diet of the King James Bible and western movies that, as it turned out, was magically delicious?
Why is it that I live out West and love out West but I’ll always be from the South?
Why am I most at ease in those in-between moments of dusk?
Why am I a storyteller who, unlike a historian, must follow the trail of compassion wherever it leadeth?
Why do I not equate talking with thinking?
Why do I try to not run yellow lights, ever?
Why do I prefer the words melancholy to organized and ache to closure?
Why do I put all my eggs in the basket of grace, a grace that if its grace at all will one day drive me to my glass-clearly-knees as I whisper simply amazing?
Why do I cry every time, every blessed time, when Linus says lights, please and gives his that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown speech?
Why do I feel in the very marrow of my bones that contrary to wildly successful first lines, it actually is about you…and me?

42 Responses to About

  1. RupZip says:

    John…could you please drop me a note at rupzip at gmail.com?
    David Rupert
    The High Calling

  2. Leah Downs says:

    most humbling and moving writer bio I’ve read. love your description “slithering black curved back of the lovely question mark.”
    I wish I could say I don’t run yellow lights. But I DO prefer melancholy and ache to organized and closure. And I most definitely cry every time I hear Linus’ speech.
    I’ve said it before…LOVE your writing.

  3. Denise Scott says:

    Life is about you and me…

  4. mary s says:

    Sir, you are new to me but thankful to find you. We have “friends” in common and the only thing that holds this old bird together is God’s grace which I was very very late to come to in my Christian life. But it continues to be the comfort in my daily struggle. Thanks for maintaining your site and I look forward to your book with Brennan Manning whose Ragamuffin Gospel blessed me many years ago. I am interested in knowing the move from Dirty Shame to your present blog.

  5. S. Etole says:

    I left a comment for you on your post, “Missing the Meatness,” but I think it may have gone to spam. I have been a paraplegic for 45 years and found your insight deeply touching. Few realize what it’s really like “to be led where you do not want to go.”

  6. rayhollenbach says:

    Hi John:
    Could you please drop me an email at ray dot hollenbach at gmail.com? I’m an editor for SermonCentral.com and ChurchLeaders.com. I’d like to ask permission to re-post one of your pieces. Thanks!


  7. Lynn says:

    My first time here. Just stumbled on your site. I love what you said here. My thoughts exactly.

    Keep writing.

  8. Hampgal says:

    I’m thinkin’ you’re Irish also?
    “Why do I prefer the words melancholy to organized and ache to closure?”

  9. Rhodara Shreve says:

    Just found you on Ann Voscamp’s blog by a link she had….oh my goodness sir. I write poetry too but I have to tell you, yours takes my breath away…..bless the Lord for this gift and may you keep breathing words to a dying world. R. Shreve

  10. Teresa Thornburgh says:

    Is it too late to request a poem from a photo for Christmas? Please email me a tthornburgh at cox dot net. Thanks!

  11. Sue says:

    I am late in discovering John Blase, but discover I have – and have spent much of the morn reading – and weak with knowing. Whew. I believe in your search for tenderness you would appreciate (youtube) Ben Kyle’s ‘Mercy’. You, Mr. Blase, are a gift.

  12. jamieahughes says:

    John, I’m with In Touch Magazine. We currently have the pleasure of working with the amazing Winn Collier and found your blog through his suggestion to scope out “A Deeper Church.” Would you be keen on writing for us? Poetry and/or non-fiction? If so, please let me know here, and we’ll exchange emails via message. I look forward to hearing from you!

  13. Don’t know why I’ve never clicked over here before this. It took a link at Emily Freeman’s place today to get me here. You are scary smart and creative, John. Just plain scary. (in a wonderful way)

  14. I’m here from Emily’s too, and just as she promised, am all weepy.

  15. Judy S says:

    Just another “Emily” traveler also, and the first of the morning coffee just seeping in, after another sleepless night, and I find this….quietly amazed and humbled by the grace. Glad to have found you and look forward to more.

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  17. I found you through your sunflower field and I am glad. Kudos and blessings.

  18. leighla93 says:

    Such a poetic “About Me”. First one I’ve come a cross. I am now a fan. 🙂

  19. John. I am windblown. Thanks for so many things. I was looking for more info about Brennan, and found you. His parting gift to me, I guess. (I didn’t know he left…on my birthday, no less!) Thank you for the 9/10/13 tribute to the unmet uncle. You already know me, I see.
    Michael Olan Webb

  20. John, after our meeting at the AFCW Conf., you asked me to send you my ms. Crooked Lines, but I don’t have your email. Can you email me: hjmichael at sbcglobal dot net so I can follow up? Thank you!

  21. John, I have a special request and would like to email you. Would you be willing to email me at fox_susanirene@yahoo.com so I can email back the details? I’d really appreciate it.

  22. jamieahughes says:


    Jamie Hughes from In Touch magazine here. The email address I had on file for you is coming up snake eyes. Is there a way you can send me another one? We had an idea we’d like to run by you. Thanks!

  23. This has inspired me to write a different “about me” page – one more true. FYI and thanks.

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  25. Charles Gilmore, Jr. says:

    Dear Mr. Blase,

    I just discovered “The Beautiful Due,” and I love your writing. I look forward to more posts. Thank you for sharing your God-given gift with us.


    (The Rev.) Charles Gilmore, Jr.

  26. annepeterson says:

    I’m here after reading a post by Sara, The Mundane Faithfulness. Loved your poetry. May I ask does it flow from your head to the paper, or must you do mining?

  27. Raúl Cruz says:

    I’m not an editor but I think you’re the cat’s pajamas.

  28. pilgrim125 says:

    Found this site via a poem on the Mundane Faithfulness blog. Very moving. Thank you for sharing your poems and heart.

  29. Renee says:

    I just want you to know that I have been following your blog for over a year now, and I love your writing so much. Your authentic and creative way to share your thoughts and feelings is so refreshing. Thank you so much.

  30. LivingFree says:

    How is it that I/we have in common what seemed to me to be two different sides of my own life. I’m happy and blessed to have introduced to you today and anxiously anticipating more God moments!

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  32. Linda Larson says:

    I have been following your blog and poems for several years. They are so beautiful. Do you have anything published in a book? I’d love to purchase it.

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