100 episodes

Struggling for Purpose explores the everyday struggles of a Gen X grandpa to follow Jesus. Through audio-essays and occasional interviews, John Wilkerson shares his thoughts on faith, society, and geek culture.

Struggling for Purpose John Wilkerson

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.0 • 4 Ratings

Struggling for Purpose explores the everyday struggles of a Gen X grandpa to follow Jesus. Through audio-essays and occasional interviews, John Wilkerson shares his thoughts on faith, society, and geek culture.

    Staying On Track

    Staying On Track

    A quick check-in on how I’m doing with My 3 Words after one month. Also, some comments on checking in on our spiritual lives as well.















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    Music: “Loopster” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License







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    • 10 min
    Feeling on the Outside

    Feeling on the Outside

    Despite being a podcaster since 2005, I still feel like I’m on the outside looking in.















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    Music: “Loopster” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License







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    • 9 min
    My Love-Hate Relationship With Social Media

    My Love-Hate Relationship With Social Media

    I have a love/hate relationship with social media. Part of what I struggle with is which platforms I should invest in. The concept of “being everywhere” is hard to maintain when you’re a team of one.







    I’m at a point where I need to simplify my approach to social media and cultivate the platforms that yield the best results.







    For now, you can interact with me on the following social media platforms:















    Check out my latest podcasting project: Good News Pickleball (formerly Three Minute Bible Study).















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    Music: “Loopster” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License







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    • 10 min
    My 3 Words for 2024

    My 3 Words for 2024

    My 3 Words is a yearly exercise to help people focus on three ways they can achieve their goals. For a better explanation of My 3 Words, check out Chris Brogan’s blog. He does a better job explaining it than I do.







    Embrace







    I’m embracing all aspects of who I am. In the past, I’ve shied away from sharing that I’m a Christian in other projects besides those directly related to Christianity. This year I’m going to lean into it, when appropriate.







    Cultivate







    I have a lot of things going on in social media, podcasting, and other online ventures. This year I’m going to cultivate those things that produce the best results instead of spreading myself so thin.







    Simplify







    Simple doesn’t equal to easy. Sometimes it’s easier to write or say more. It can be difficult to be precise. It’s easier to record a podcast and only edit obvious mistakes instead of editing for content.







    By now, you should see these three words in nearly all of my social media profiles. I’m putting them there to remind me what I’m aiming for this year.















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    Music: “Loopster” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License







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    • 13 min
    Did I Become an Influencer in 2023?

    Did I Become an Influencer in 2023?

    You may have seen me use the phrase or hashtag “Not an Influcer” in some of my social media profiles. Over the past year, however, I think I may have become a Christian influencer. I’m not sure I’m ready to embrace that moniker, even though I’ve been podcasting and using social media even longer since 2005.















    As much as it pains me to admit this, I’m an influencer. I may not influence many people or even influence the right people, but, I’m an influencer. More specifically, I’m a Christian influencer.







    Merriam-Webster defines an influencer as, “one who exerts influence or a person who inspires or guides the actions of others.” More specifically, it’s “a person who is able to generate interest in something (such as a consumer product) by posting about it on social media.”







    If I’m being honest with myself, I’ve been doing this for 18 years through podcasting and social media. Truth be told, as Christians we should be influencers. We are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) but does that extend to convincing other Christians to buy certain products?







    I don’t think it does and that’s why I’ve always felt uncomfortable calling myself an influencer, especially a Christian influencer. While capitalism has done great things for the world, it has also created a culture of greed and exploitation. I think “Christian capitalism” falls into some of the same traps.







    It’s easy to get stuck in the Christian ghetto and think everything that’s labeled as “Christian” is good and valuable. I’ve done it too many times. Christian music, movies, podcasts, pickleball paddles, clothing, and more fill my timelines.







    These peddlers of products reach out to me from time to time asking if I’ll join their influencer team. I was once part of an influencer network but had to bow out because it was clear that honest opinions weren’t what they were looking for.







    I was never asked to change what I posted but I did notice that I was sometimes not included in some promotions after a not-so-stellar review or commentary.







    Even the influencer network I’m in now sometimes sends me promotions that I don’t want to participate in because the product looks mediocre, at best.







    I continue to struggle with this label of influencer but for now, I’ve decided to embrace it. And much like some musicians and writers, I’ll say I’m an influencer who is a Christian. That’s a compromise I’m happy with for now.















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    Music: “Loopster” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License







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    Music: “Loopster” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

    • 6 min
    What is Love?

    What is Love?

    Love can be difficult to define but some friends and I did our best.







    Guests in this podcast:









    * Andy Fletcher







    * Chris Staron







    * Winston Crutchfield







    * Adam David Collings

















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    Music: “Loopster” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License







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    • 7 min

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