Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

Year One



So here I was in a new congregation … a mission congregation … and looking for ways to make myself better known to my people and my community. I was looking for a way to connect with people beyond my office doorway. I had friends who had been blogging for a while (who doesn’t in this day and age!), and so I thought “Why not?”

Why not, indeed.

So it was that “Hope for the Hapless” was created and launched at the same time as my congregation’s new website and sermon podcast site. Has it been the outreach tool that I hoped it would be? Sort of … It has sparked a few interesting discussions, and engendered at least a couple of negative reactions. Once or twice I seem to have struck a chord with others, and sometimes it was only a nerve that got struck.

Even if it hasn’t opened all the doors I hoped it might (especially within my local context), it has given me the opportunity to put thoughts to paper and in this way has helped me be better prepared when interacting daily with the people and events around me. If it hasn’t been all I had hoped it would be for others, it has been a much greater blessing to me than I ever would have thought!

What I am here offering to both of you my loyal readers, is a collection of postings from my blog, running from October 2008 to the end of September 2009. It’s in a handy-dandy PDF file for easy printing and/or ignoring.  Again, if you can find use for it, or some enjoyment in it then all the best … but this is probably more for me.   I know there are services that will do this sort of thing with just a click or two (and a few dollars!), but putting it together gave me the opportunity to look at each post once again.  Preserving, revisiting, reflecting … that’s what this collection is all about.

Download: Hope For the Hapless Year One

Writing it one piece at a time, I never knew just how much I liked to talk! (But those who know me would not be the least bit surprised, I’m sure.) Putting it all together in one place should give a guy reason to pause … shut him up so to speak …. Who do I think I’m kidding?  So don’t worry, whether you like it or not, I’ve got lots left to say …


Author: kenmaher

When I'm not working I enjoy Astronomy, Camping, Comic Books, Epic Fantasy Novels, Games (both playing and designing), Hiking, Juggling, Sci-fi, and building strange things out of pvc pipe. I also enjoy being an honorary pre-schooler with my four great children ... much to their mother's dismay.

4 thoughts on “Year One

  1. Hi Ken;
    Jonathan Kraemer pointed me to this– I’d like to read more, only can’t figure out how to get to this PDF you’re talking about. I suspect I’m missing something really simple… but anyway, can you help me access your material? I’d like to read more!

  2. Hey Steve!

    How’s everything at the old alma matter? I think of you all often. Just click on the link in the article (its the really big title in the middle). This should take you to right to it. You can either download it or preview it right through the Box.net site.

    If that doesn’t work for you I can email you the file directly. Alternately, you can just go back through all the archives and read them right here on the site.

    Say Hi to Brenda and the boys for us!

  3. Only a year you’ve been blogging? Well done and please keep blogging. I read your blog regularly and it has made me think and brought up discussion on various newsworthy and other subjects relevant to our day to day lives as pilgrims in this foreign land we’re passing through on our way to the promised land. Thanks for your Christian insights and the time you take to share them. Keep blogging!

  4. Thanks for the encouragement Ruth … and the comments! I think that my original postings are always made better by the discussions that result, especially when people like you bring such great ideas to the table.

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