Getting to Know Me

My first name is Allen and my last name is pronounced “BOUY’-no” (like those channel markers in the Bay) or “BOY’-no” bur definitely not “BUJ’-no” (I’m Polish. What can I say?)

I graduated from Eastern Baptist College (Eastern University) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I received my MDiv. degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Palmer Seminary.)

I was in the pastoral ministry for forty-five years and served churches in Rhode Island, New York state and California.

My wife Sue and I have been married for over fifty three years and have three grown and happily married children who have given us six wonderful grandchildren.

The story of the Holy Spirit’s work in our marriage and in my ministry is recorded in a book I’ve recently published titled, “Why Did He Bother? A Pastor’s Account of God’s Abundant Mercy, Love and Grace” which is available as a paperback. e-book and Audible book from Amazon.com Check the link for a free preview.

The Purpose of My Blog

One small reason for this blog is to make people aware of my book, “Why Did He Bother?” But believe me, it’s not for the money. I receive very little compensation from this book. I want people to be aware of the book because it’s a true, often humorous story of endurance, perseverance and reconciliation. It has been an encouragement to many who have read it, especially other pastors. GET A FREE PREVIEW of the book from Amazon.com

THE MAIN PURPOSE of this Blog is to look into the Word of God at the lives of real people to see the things they did right, to learn from the things they did wrong and to discover more and more of Jesus as we continue to be transformed into His likeness,\.

I love the Bible. I’ve found it to be the only reliable source of truth upon which a life can be built. It is a solid rock and basing a life on anything else is simply building on shifting sand. It has been my passion and my joy to preach God’s Word and the one I always seem to be preaching to is me.

I believe the Holy Spirit is our teacher. (JOHN :14:26 – “But the Counselor, The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”)

I believe every word in the Bible is inspired by God. The Bible is HISTORICAL Everything in the Bible actually took place exactly as it is recorded. The Bible is RELEVANT. It not only spoke to people thousands of years ago, it still speaks to us today. Regardless of the situations we may be facing in our lives today, the Bible still provides direction. correction, encouragement, hope, comfort, and overcoming victory to those who will believe it and seek to obey it. Most importantly, THE BIBLE IS ALL ABOUT JESUS. From Genesis to Revelation, every Book, every chapter, every verse, every word is pointing us to Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The only one who can save us and give us an abundant, ever-lasting life.

I’m naïve enough, simple enough and trusting enough to believe that if we come before the Lord in simple, child-like faith, desiring to know the truth in God’s Word, He (the Holy Spirit) will provide it for us. If we ask for bread, He will not give us a stone. He loves us too much to idly sit back and allow the devil to deceive us. I’ve heard others implying that the Bible doesn’t mean what it actually seems to say. They keep insisting that the Bible really means something it doesn’t actually say. That is definitely NOT what I believe.

I believe we can sit down with the Word of God and have it come alive, speaking directly to our hearts, convicting us, correcting us, instructing us, comforting and encouraging us through the working of the Holy Spirit.

We’ll get started on this as soon as I can figure out how to maneuver on this site. IN THE MEAN TIME, I encourage you to SUBSCRIBE and get your friends to subscribe as well. I would love to reach our beyond the little circle of friends who already know me.

BE WATCHING FOR UPDATES and plan to join me as we explore God’s Word together.

The Purpose of This Blog

One small reason for this blog is to make people aware of my book, “Why Did He Bother?” But believe me, it’s not for the money. I receive very little compensation from this book. I want people to be aware of the book because it’s a true, often humorous story of endurance, perseverance and reconciliation. It has been an encouragement to many who have read it, especially other pastors. GET A FREE PREVIEW of the book from Amazon.com

THE MAIN PURPOSE of this Blog is to look into the Word of God at the lives of real people to see the things they did right, to learn from the things they did wrong and to discover more and more of Jesus as we continue to be transformed into His likeness,\.

I love the Bible. I’ve found it to be the only reliable source of truth upon which a life can be built. It is a solid rock and basing a life on anything else is simply building on shifting sand. It has been my passion and my joy to preach God’s Word and the one I always seem to be preaching to is me.

I believe the Holy Spirit is our teacher. (JOHN :14:26 – “But the Counselor, The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”)

I believe every word in the Bible is inspired by God. The Bible is HISTORICAL Everything in the Bible actually took place exactly as it is recorded. The Bible is RELEVANT. It not only spoke to people thousands of years ago, it still speaks to us today. Regardless of the situations we may be facing in our lives today, the Bible still provides direction. correction, encouragement, hope, comfort, and overcoming victory to those who will believe it and seek to obey it. Most importantly, THE BIBLE IS ALL ABOUT JESUS. From Genesis to Revelation, every Book, every chapter, every verse, every word is pointing us to Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The only one who can save us and give us an abundant, ever-lasting life.

I’m naïve enough, simple enough and trusting enough to believe that if we come before the Lord in simple, child-like faith, desiring to know the truth in God’s Word, He (the Holy Spirit) will provide it for us. If we ask for bread, He will not give us a stone. He loves us too much to idly sit back and allow the devil to deceive us. I’ve heard others implying that the Bible doesn’t mean what it actually seems to say. They keep insisting that the Bible really means something it doesn’t actually say. That is definitely NOT what I believe.

I believe we can sit down with the Word of God and have it come alive, speaking directly to our hearts, convicting us, correcting us, instructing us, comforting and encouraging us through the working of the Holy Spirit.

We’ll get started on this as soon as I can figure out how to maneuver on this site. IN THE MEAN TIME, I encourage you to SUBSCRIBE and get your friends to subscribe as well. I would love to reach our beyond the little circle of friends who already know me.

BE WATCHING FOR UPDATES and plan to join me as we explore God’s Word together.

Getting to Know Me

My last name is pronounced “BOUY’-no” (like those channel markers in the Bay) or “BOY’-no” bur definitely not “BUJ’-no” (I’m Polish. What can I say?)

I graduated from Eastern Baptist College (Eastern University) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I received my MDiv. degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Palmer Seminary.)

I was in the pastoral ministry for forty-five years and served churches in Rhode Island, New York state and California.

My wife Sue and I have been married for over fifty three years and have three grown and happily married children who have given us six wonderful grandchildren.

The story of the Holy Spirit’s work in our marriage and in my ministry is recorded in a book I’ve recently published titled, “Why Did He Bother? A Pastor’s Account of God’s Abundant Mercy, Love and Grace” which is available as a paperback. e-book and Audible book from Amazon.com

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

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