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.
My 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,