Sword & Swan Media House: A Community Based Publishing House for the Church and World
The Beggars Blog began over two years ago with a doctoral seminar that required blog posts on apologetics issues. In an effort to extend the value of time spent reading, thinking, and writing, I decided to create a place where I could post my own articles, as well as those of others thinking on issues of theology and culture from a Lutheran perspective.
Since then, I’ve enjoyed the Beggars Blog as a place to cultivate my love for writing, as well as offer others the opportunity to share the same skill for the benefit of others. I write because it’s something I love to do. It’s been an added blessing to hear from readers that from time to time such writing has been a blessing, offered encouragement, or fostered fruitful discussions.
About this time last year, I was grappling with the question of where I would direct my writing once I had completed all the writing for my degree. This question coincided with a request from one of my good friends—a pastor on the other coast with better coffee but not better IPAs—Brad Malone.
“What do you think about starting a publishing and media house?” It seemed far-fetched, and maybe a little inaccessible, but the idea has progressed to the point of this blog post. After about a year of planning, praying, and paperwork, Brad and I are excited to announce Sword & Swan Media House—A Community Based Published House for the Church and World. We are now an LLC with a board of fellows from a diverse background of education and experience—all of whom will help steer Sword and Swan and manage projects toward publication. We hope to launch our website this fall.
In this first of a series of four weekly posts on the media house, we hope to give you a feel for what this new venture is all about. So, in short, who are we?
A Sounding Board for Reformation Theology
We believe that Christ-centered, Gospel-focused, sacramental theology is often the best kept secret in the American Church. We desire is to make such theology accessible to a variety of contexts through multiple mediums.
A Community Approach to Creating and Publishing
We believe that local churches are places where creating and writing naturally arise. We also believe that our work is done best when done so in the company of other perspectives and backgrounds. As iron sharpens iron, a community approach to creating and publishing leads to projects that communicate with clarity and connection.
A Convergence for Media Resources
We believe that creative work should be accessible and shared. Church workers often produce their own resources to meet the specific needs of their context. Why not share? Our goal is to create a place where such resources are available for the benefit of the church and the world.
A Venue for Aspiring Writers, Musicians, and Thinkers
One of the great treasures of the church is the talent that exists within her people. To God’s glory and the benefit of others, we strive to encourage, guide, and promote the creative use of such gifts through the medium of writing, music, and video resources.
Stay Tuned—and Consider Supporting Us!
In the next post, we’ll share more about our mission and values. In the meantime, consider supporting Sword and Swan! We are a group of church workers, often with tight budgets and student loan debt. Nevertheless, we long to give creative people a voice. We strive to encourage others toward excellent work. Your financial support will help get our website off the ground and move ahead our projects. Soli Deo Gloria!
Brad is Senior Pastor at Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Seattle, Washington. He has served in helping plant a church, start a missional gathering and movement within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and served in various leadership roles within the Northwest District of the LCMS. Most of all he enjoys connecting with his neighbors and leading the churches in Seattle toward the future in a city and culture that pushes ministry outside of the norm. Brad is a graduate of Concordia University—Nebraska, holds a MA in International Relations from Webster University, and received an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He is the husband of Christy and father to Esther and Iris and enjoys hiking, rowing, and scotch.
John is the Associate Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in South Windsor, Connecticut. He graduated from Concordia University, Seward with a B.A. in Spanish, and holds an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary St. Louis. He also earned a D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the area of Applied Apologetics. He blogs regularly at The Beggars Blog on issues of theology, culture, and apologetics. He and his wife, Kelly have three children. He enjoys reading, writing, and running.