Welcome! I’d love to give you a concise description of what is happening around here, but I’m too wordy to be effectively concise. The conversation on this blog will be firstly Christian, and from there, there are no rules. Maybe a better description would be one of myself.

saffrotesMy name is Ryan Saffer, and this is my blog.

First, the vital statistics: I’ve been happily married since 2003. That union has resulted in the adoption of three children that generally see the best in us. For forty hours (and usually more) a week, I am a 911 dispatcher. I also teach the adult Sunday school class and preach on occasion in my home church while holding a minister’s license. I hope that I have an interdenominational appeal, but I’m strong on my Pentecostal beliefs, and that sometimes comes through in my posts.

I’ve travelled the Internet for many years, and have masqueraded under various names. If we’ve been friends for a long time, you might recognize me as “goatmop.” Yes, I’m serious. Long story…

In more recent years, I’ve traipsed around under the moniker of Saffrotes, which is a bit of a play on Saffer and Socrates. I’m sort of philosophic at times, and always decidedly Saffer, so it suits me. (The blog still online here, so if you’re looking for my vintage work, by all means!) Using this same name, I blogged for a spell with Men of Jesus, a now defunct online men’s ministry.

For a while, I tried my hand mixing business and pleasure at my own online publishing house, Jawbone Digital, but I felt that my often cynical ramblings didn’t fit what I was trying to accomplish over there. I still feel that way, but there are links that go both ways on these sites. Jawbone Digital is still a big part of what I’m doing, and it will cross over with my blog from time to time. Maybe book reviews, or just a shameless plug and sales pitch.

(If you’re unfamiliar with my work at Jawbone Digital, it’s all about public domain books. I’ve been reformatting classic Christian texts into eBooks since 2011. More recently, I’ve started pushing these texts back into print. It’s a fun project, and if you like to read books, you need to check it out. My largest market share is held on the Amazon Kindle, but if you read on a Nook, Kobo device, or with iBooks, you’ll find me there, too.)

All that being said, I’ve never found that lasting place to call home… until now. Unhymned was a great blog for me, and it worked to get me through a lot of grief that I wasn’t sure how to navigate with the loss of my dad, but the hymns ran dry, and the name no longer suited me. So I fell back onto the name that has always suited me, and now RyanSaffer.com is my digital home.

So there you have it. This is the best of me, the worst of me, and the rest of me. Enjoy what you like, scrap what you don’t. To take a spin from the late philosopher Theodor Geisel:

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter… Click To Tweet

By the way, Theodor Geisel successfully rebranded himself as Dr. Seuss.

With all my love and indifference,



  1. Jinny Downing

    Love this

  2. Jon Anderson

    I absolutely agree that much of the current crop of “praise” and “worship” music is sadly lacking the depth and breadth of classic hymns. I hope your treatment of those works will be gentle, but I do understand that we each respond to the lyrics in our own way. Step out in faith that God will guide as you seek to introduce others to the beauty you have found. Jon and Debbie Anderson (Ruby June’s grandparents.)

    1. Ryan (Post author)

      Thanks for your kind words. It means a lot that people I don’t know are behind me, even though we do share some pretty great family in common.

  3. Mike

    Love the site Ryan. I did put a link on our site as we discussed. Let’s see what happens.

  4. Robert Dotson

    Ryan… this is great windowing into your passion for reality with the God who made us. What tremendous stuff.

    Do not for a moment feel alone in your journey, your questions, your mourning your father or your passion to pursue depth in the absolute reality of our great God.

    1. Ryan (Post author)

      Thanks, Robert! I’ve learned and continue to learn that I am not alone. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that no temptation, no trial, no difficulty has come upon us that is beyond what is normal for anyone, but I’ve never felt that to be more true than I do right now.


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