Scott Postma

faith and writing in Las Vegas

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Hi. I’m Scott Postma, a writer, a teacher, and a minister currently living in Las Vegas.

I help culture makers (creatives, teachers, spiritual and civic leaders) discover their significance, create meaningful art, and make a difference that matters.

On this blog, we’ll plunge the depths of the human experience, ascend the realms of the good, the true, and the beautiful, and seek the peace and prosperity of the city through the imagination of the humanities and the spiritual formation of its people.

So if you’re a bishop, a bard, or a bibliophile; a preacher, a poet, or a philosopher; or a sage, a scholar, or a student, and you want rich insights into faith and literature, valuable tips on the craft of writing, and meaningful perspective on living a life of significance, you’ll want to subscribe to this tribe!

In just a second, I’ll share some of my backstory, but first I want to let you in on something:

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According to a recent national survey three-quarters of U.S. adults (75%) say they wished they were living a more meaningful life.

That means even though they live in the most free and prosperous nation in the world, only one in four Americans are living a significant life.

The rest have either settled for mediocrity… or they’re still searching!

 

What Does a Significant Life Look Like?

When I was 18 years old, searching for my place in the world, I joined the USAF and embarked on my own quest for significance.

What I discovered, totally surprised me! It wasn’t like anything I had expected.

If you’re thinking I must have got married, found my dream job, discovered a new hobby, or found religion, you’d be right; but those things are not where I discovered my significance.

Twenty-four years ago I married my high school sweetheart. We have four awesome kids, one adopted son-in-law, and a beautiful granddaughter we call Maddie-cakes. These are the most important people in my life. But they are not my significance.

I have ministered as a pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer for two decades, and this work has been the most meaningful work I could have done with my life, but it’s not where I found my significance.

I have some enjoyable pastimes, like hiking, reading, smoking one of my briarwoods, and collecting more books than I can ever read in a lifetime. Yet, that is not where my significance comes from.

I have been a member of and/or a leader in various Christian denominations for all of my adult life. While it has been both nurtured and tried in these religious affiliations, it’s not where I derive my significance.

I discovered my significance in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Yes, that makes me a Christian. More accurately, I’m a follower of Jesus who tends to get ahead of him, and sometimes off track.

Following Jesus has taught me God doesn’t show us the entire picture all at once.

He leads us through this journey called life, step by step, day by day, trial by trial, and celebration by celebration. And he tends to reveal more of our significance as we follow Him in the “already revealed.”

 

About This Blog

On Faith

You’re not going to read warmed-over, party-line, religious rhetoric here. But we will explore matters of faith–and often challenge the status quo.

Here’s what’s important about faith to me:

God, the Significant One, is redeeming his creation, and there is a place of significance for everyone who believes the good news that King Jesus died for sinners and rose again to defeat death for us.

It’s from this good news, or what the Bible calls the gospel, where real and lasting hope comes from. Everything else is screwed up.

While this is not a religious blog, per se, I believe everything meaningful in culture is only truly significant when it is filtered through the story and message of this good news.

On Literature

While we’ll read, discuss, and analyze all genres of literature, I’m most passionate about classic and redemptive works.

Classics are those ancient texts of the poets and philosophers whose conversation on a vast number of perennial themes has echoed throughout the western tradition and shaped the world we live in today.

Redemptive works are those with “round” characters who learn something about themselves and the world they live in (i.e. bildungsroman, epiphany, and absolution).

Since there is so much literature and so little time, We’ll tend to focus only on the best of the best.

Think books like The Iliad, Ethics, Frankenstein, Great Expectations, and Much Ado About Nothing; and think writers like Plato, Aquinas, Dante, Dostoevesky, Lewis, Chesterton, and Flannery O’Connor.

On Writing

I love words and books, and how they are created, arranged, and published. If you’re still reading, you probably do to. Welcome aboard, kindred spirit. I’ll share valuable tips on the craft of writing as well as the ever-changing processes of publishing. Hopefully, we can learn from each other’s journey in this aspect of the book industry.

On a Life of Significance

Most importantly, I believe every person was created for significance. I intend to share truths and principles that will provide you with a meaningful perspective on what it looks like to live out a life of significance.

Once again, if you’re a culture maker, and want to discover your significance, create meaningful art, and make a difference that matters, why not subscribe to the tribe?

It’s absolutely free to join and you can opt out anytime.

Plus I’ll give you my concise and compelling ebook, Discover Your Significance, along with lots of great resources and articles (also free) just for hanging out. (I promise to NEVER spam you or share your information with anyone.)

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Scott served in pastoral ministry for 20 years, planting churches, and founding K-12 private schools. He has earned degrees in creative writing, theology, religion, and classical studies.