A.J. is a pastor, professor, and author in Portland, Oregon who passionately believes in the good news of Jesus for all of God’s creation. Read More
Through every turn of the biblical story, God’s people are a wandering people. When they are rescued from slavery in Egypt, God sends them into the desert, where they wander for a generation. Jesus and his disciples wander from town to town. In fact, some of God’s most important truths are imparted to people with dusty feet as they travel on the road.
With his trademark thoughtful introspection, A. J. Swoboda boldly suggests that wandering is not an absence of faith but a central component of faith. In The Dusty Ones, he leads the restless, the frustrated, and the curious on a spiritual journey to uncover the answers to questions like
This compassionate and contemplative book offers hope and peace to Christians and seekers alike as they make their way down the winding road of faith.
The messiest room in my house is the one full of things that make it beautiful. That's Christianity for me.
Jesus is our Lord to the degree our preferences aren’t.
As the saying goes—the map is not the territory. Having a map and walking the terrain are very different experiences. All of faith is like that.
A.J Swoboda shares his book, “The Dusty Ones” on 100 Huntley Street.
With his trademark thoughtful introspection, A. J. Swoboda boldly suggests that wandering is not an absence of faith but a central component of faith. In The Dusty Ones, he leads the restless, the frustrated, and the curious on a spiritual journey to uncover the answers to questions like: “Do I wander because I’m failing or because God has left me?”; “Is the desert something I can overcome?”; “Why is God sometimes “hidden” in the Bible?”; “What do I do when the end seems nowhere in sight?”
"A.J. writes with the passion of a genuine seeker and with the reflective insight of a true mystic."
"A.J. is like Seinfeld and Kierkegaard rolled into one. If you want dry diatribes of funny fluff, look elsewhere."
"A.J. Swoboda stands apart, bringing in equal measure the mind of the scholar, the heart of the shepherd, and the honesty of the bard."
"A.J. Swoboda is the kind of pastor, writer, and theologian today's church desperately needs. Capable and engaging, his bent toward vulnerability is simply honest and beautifully human."