About Joel A Bidderman

Joel Bidderman is a husband, father, worship pastor, musician, spiritual director, and non-profit worker. He enjoys reading, coffee, sociology, and creatively living in the Kingdom of God.

Prayer Drawing

By |2019-03-22T23:28:39-07:00March 22nd, 2019|Creative, Practices|

Recently, I've been doing a meaningful practice with my family that I've been calling "Prayer Drawing." It originally came from a conversation that I had with Steve Macchia (the author of Crafting a Rule of Life) at a conference. The first time we tried it we did it to the song "Good [...]

Telling Your God-stories

By |2018-12-08T14:09:42-07:00December 7th, 2018|Creative, Missional Living|

At bed time our daughters love hearing stories, and not necessarily those read from a book either. They ask for made up stories by mom and dad, which make things interesting for mom and dad sometimes! After flying by the seat of my pants a few times, recently Jack, the [...]

Solitude is a Place

By |2018-07-03T21:03:46-07:00July 3rd, 2018|Practices, Solitude, Silence, & Stillness|

"Silence and solitude [is] the medicine for curing, among other things, deep distraction." - Chris Hall Lately, I've been rethinking and praying about what solitude looks like for me. As an introvert, I love (and thrive in) quiet. It re-energizes me. It fills the tank. However, I've found over the [...]

Be Filled with the Helper

By |2018-05-14T06:54:52-07:00May 12th, 2018|Missional Living|

Much of what I aim to cultivate in this space is focused on the inward journey, however, really, the heart behind Simply on Mission is the outward journey: sharing the love and grace of God in a way that overflows from a place of true identity. In other words, it looks [...]

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