A.J. Swoboda

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 

Subversive Sabbath
Scripting Pentecost

Scripting Pentecost

Scripting Pentecost explores and develops an analysis of worship and liturgy in Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions around the world.

The Dusty Ones

The Dusty Ones

With his trademark thoughtful introspection, A. J. Swoboda boldly suggests that wandering is not an absence of faith but a central component of faith.

A Glorious Dark

A Glorious Dark

In Christian faith, there's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Real, raw, and achingly honest, A Glorious Dark meets readers in the ambiguity, doubt, and uncertainty we feel when our beliefs about the world don’t match up to reality.

Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology

Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology

Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology provides a biblical, theological, ecological, and historical rationale for earthcare as well as specific practices to engage both individuals and churches.

  • The messiest room in my house is the one full of things that make it beautiful. That's Christianity for me.

    Messy: God Likes it That Way

  • Jesus is our Lord to the degree our preferences aren’t.

    A Glorious Dark: Finding Hope in the Tension Between Belief and Experience

  • 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.

    The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith


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?”

The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith

Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith


  • "A.J. writes with the passion of a genuine seeker and with the reflective insight of a true mystic."

    Alan Hirsch, author, theologian, and missionary.

  • "A.J. is like Seinfeld and Kierkegaard rolled into one. If you want dry diatribes of funny fluff, look elsewhere."

    Joshua Ryan Butler, author of The Skeleton's in God's Closet; pastor at Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon

  • "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."

    Tony Kriz, author of Aloof; neighborhood pastor in Portland, Oregon

  • "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."

    Seth Haines, author of Coming Clean: A Story of Faith

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Dr. A.J. Swoboda will be giving leadership to Fuller’s Doctor of Ministry cohort in Holy Spirit Leadership & Ministry PracticeThe program offers a unique learning context for students to engage in an ongoing, in-depth, sustained study of the life of the Holy Spirit within the Bible, theology, and Christian history that will transform the students approach to leadership, church, ministry, and life. Each year’s cohort will be led by the lead mentor—alongside a distinguished guest lecturer—for a face-to-face experience during a 10-day (Mon-following Wed) retreat in Pasadena, California on the Fuller campus. The time between face-to-face experiences will include ongoing mentorship, a robust and expansive reading curriculum, and monthly virtual lectures that create space for enhanced learning while students are in their local contexts. The mentorship component will strategically pair students with a mentor in their field, helping deepen the student’s awareness of the Holy Spirit in life, vocation, and ministry.


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