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Who I am as of 1:57pm on March 19, 2008

I began this by writing a short biography for my “About me” page. It gradually took on a life of it’s own and I decided that it belonged as a blog post. I am a husband, father of seven children, elementary music teacher and musician. I enjoy reading and playing chess. Since turning 40 I […]

Weblog remodel

I’m in the midst of a giant remodel of my website. I’m moving from Typepad to WordPress.  Stay tuned. I don’t know how long this will take.  

It takes time

I’ve put a lot of time into trying to organize my world and read a lot about personal productivity. Always with the mindset that I am not accomplishing all I could, and am dropping balls. But this quote from Howard Thurman on the Inward/Outward site says that there is something else to be gained from […]

Nearly 90% of all email is spam

From website "stuff" comes this startling bit of news. It may come as no surprise, but almost every email sent in 2007 was spam. About 95 per cent of emails this year – up from 70 per cent in 2006 – were classified as junk messages, according to a report from US security firm Barracuda, […]

Adventures in Devonthink or “Where do you put it all?”

I remember my first latte. A pretty remarkable feat given the proliferation of espresso stands. But I lived in King County 20 years ago when Starbucks was just getting its start in downtown Seattle. I was still going to school at Northwest College in Kirkland, studying to be a pastor. Newly married, living in the […]

Writer’s guild strike and new media

The writer’s guild strike hasn’t hit us where it hurts yet, i.e. the interruption of new episodes of our favorite shows. If it does, I will lose some favorites. NBC seems to have suddenly discovered that there is a market for science fiction and given us shows like “Bionic Woman,” “Journeyman,” and my favorite, “Heroes.” […]

I Rise Today

I’m not big on mornings, but it seems this famous Celtic prayer could get things off on the right foot. I Rise Today I rise today in the power’s strength, invoking the Trinity believing in threeness, confessing the oneness, of creation’s Creator. I rise today in the power of Christ’s birth and baptism, in the […]


Years ago I acquired the domain www.jeffreyclong.com which I use for my website and email. From the beginning, for some reason you haven’t been able to get here by simply typing jeffreyclong.com without the www. It is interesting when I look at my stats to see how many people get here by doing a search […]

Sermons from Elijah, Part 1: Should we be hostile or hospitable to people of other faiths?

Towards the end of my time of ministry at Filer Mennonite Church I did a series of sermons on Elijah the prophet. I really felt like it was some of my best work but decided that I wanted to edit them some more before I posted them online. Today I had the privilege of preaching […]