My life is changing drastically

John Gunter in front of a Buddhist temple in Asia.

This Buddhist temple is about 2 miles from my apartment in Asia. Pic taken last year.

As I sit in this Fredericksburg, VA coffeehouse, I must admit that my head is spinning.  I am thinking about life 12 months ago today.  Life has changed more than the “September 4th, 2013 John Gunter” could have imagined.

On September 4, 2013 I had just moved into my new apartment in Asia.  [Read more…]

My “singleness” radio interview & other recent articles

The entire Gunter family at Mother's Day 2014

My family on Mother’s Day. My two sisters have four children each. I miss them all so much while in Asia!

In the midst of my time with family, rest, and taking care of life in America, I have pulled back from writing on my blog for this season.  However, I have been able to contribute articles to a few other websites on topics I am passion about AND I was even honored to be the guest on a Denver based talk radio show.  Strange, I know.

Through this blog I write, I have come across many others who are doing other sites similar to this one.  One such lady is Erin Szczerba who writes on this excellent blog.  Erin asked me to consider doing a Q&A for her blog.  What I didn’t know was that it was ACTUALLY a live broadcast radio show based in Denver, CO and I was the special guest “expert” on issues of singleness.

So, with very little understanding of the scale and scope of the project, I agreed.  Honestly, as I think about some of my answers I gave on these two shows, I probably disagree with a few.  Oh well.

In the midst of my writing silence on this site (johngunter.net), I thought I would share this radio interview.  Here are three of the clips from this time: [Read more…]

Personal “detox” and family time

John Gunter with his family

I was with all of my 8 neices and nephews to celebrated Stephen’s (my oldest nephew) graduation from high school

Despite rumors, I AM alive and I AM NOT living with Tupac and Elvis on a Caribbean Island.

I AM writing this from a coffee shop in Atlanta, Georgia (my hometown). I AM doing well, though getting used to the oddity which is life in America.

So what am I doing and why has it been over two months since I have last posted an article? [Read more…]

Christians (especially leaders). . . stop being jerks to each other!

Great little church in Wittenberg, Germany

I took this at a great little church in Wittenberg, Germany a few years ago.

It happened AGAIN this morning.  I looked on twitter and found yet another minister taking not so subtle shots at other ministries.  I wanted to scream at my phone. . . “stop!”  I didn’t, as the people in this Asian McDonald’s would have probably run in terror.  However, [Read more…]

The fallacy of “singles ministry” & the beauty of Biblical obedience

A few months ago, I was asked to be a guest writer for the excellent website, SingleMatters.com.  Here is an article I wrote for them a little while back.  With some slight changes, I thought it might be nice to re-post it here.

John Gunter and Aaron Milam in the Middle East

My friend Aaron Milan and I in the Middle East a few years ago. Picture courtesy of Ed Graham.

It was spring of my senior year in college. My friend Phil and I decided to go to our first ever “singles Bible study.” There was one in our city that was making all kinds of buzz. Thousands were showing up. “The teaching and music are amazing” we were hearing everywhere. We decided to give it a shot.

What we found was pretty shocking.

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Trying to be a loving Uncle from 10,000 miles away

John Gunter and Flat Stanley

Here are my nephews in the fall giving me their “Flat Stanley/Wolfie”

As I type, I have just “shipped” my 7th and 8thFlat Stanley/Wolfie” to my nephews John Robert and Nathan.  If you are unfamiliar with “Flat Stanley”, you can learn more here.  “Flat Wolfie” is the variation of the program for the Whitefield Academy WolfPack.

Once again, I have put a good deal of effort in getting these done well.

My sleep was literally impeded as I completed “Flat Stanley” this week, staying up well past mid-night last night.

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3 epic toys from the 80s

Intellivision football

Though comically bad now, Intellivision was awesome in the 80s!

My cousin Curtis emailed me this morning with some fun memories from my youth.  Curtis and his brother Greg were from South Florida, so we only saw them over Christmas.  They would pile in the car, drive for 8+ hours, arrive in Atlanta, and we would be in constant motion and adventure until they left.  Great memories. [Read more…]

5 realities I love about being a Christian

The Bible on paper and Kindle

Whether on paper or my Kindle, the Bible is one of the treasures of being a Christian

Do you ever think about the realities of the Christian life?  I know I rarely do.  However, today this exactly what I am doing.

In the midst of hustle and bustle of life; the celebrations and pains; the laughter and the tears, it is easy to blow past the beauty of simply being a follower of Christ.  I am a Christian, yet I rarely stop and enjoy the realities this entails.

This very word of “Christian” is loaded. [Read more…]

My spiritual journey continues

Rankin Wilbroune with John Gunter in Asia

Rankin and I here in Asia this past week. He is has been huge in helping me think through all of this.

I began this “journey” about a year or so ago.  I had been living in bad patterns for probably two years at that point, but it was finally catching up to me.

This journey really began when I noticed that I had been getting more easily irritated with small, insignificant things in life.  It then came more too light when my friend Michael Gregory brought up my growing irritability over lunch one day.  That day was a good start for me realizing that I was “off” and needed to figure out what was going on internally.

Second, my dear sister Becky mentioned it to me about a year ago. [Read more…]

7 people you see on American domestic flights

John Gunter on a Delta flight to Asia this week.

Bored with a camera on one of my many flights this week.

Last week I enjoyed writing on 9 observations of an American airport.  In keeping with my theme of observations of the American aviation system, here I will tackle some of what goes on during domestic flights in my beloved homeland.

Just as I have noticed certain types of people who fly on long, international flights, so I have also noticed a few characters who seem to be omnipresent on flights while I’m jumping around the “lower 48” in America.

Here are 7 people who frequent domestic flights in America:

  1. Tank-top Tyler – Even if he is headed to New York or Colorado, “Tank-top Tyler” looks like he is getting an early jump on his beach vacation.  Flip-flops, a brightly colored sleeveless shirt, and jorts or “jams” shorts are his usual uniform. [Read more…]