I am pleased to welcome Stephen Altrogge. I asked him Five Questions. Stephen makes me laugh on Twitter all the time.
1. Why do you have such a hard name to pronounce? Are you just trying to be difficult?
Simple. Many years ago, back in Germany, my ancestors decided that they had had enough of telemarketers calling them during dinner time. They decided that they needed to change their last name to something difficult to pronounce so that they could immediately identify a telemarketer over the phone. At first they were going to use the name “Nllywgnfsrn”, but then realized that even they couldn’t pronounce it. So they settled on Altrogge.
Or maybe they were just being difficult.
2. You write/perform music and write books. Are you also an inventor, or a bee-keeper?
I’m not a bee-keeper, but I desperately wish I was. What little boy hasn’t told his parents that he wants to be a bee-keeper when he grows up? Plus, bee-keepers get to carry around a smoke-making device at all times. Do you know how useful that would be? Getting tired of a conversation? Pump a little smoke into it. Need to run through heavy gunfire? Throw up a smoke screen. Want to entertain small children for hours on end? Smoke signals. The possibilities really are endless.
3. What is your life for?
Wow, we just went from the totally absurd to the totally serious. But that’s okay, that’s how I tend to roll myself. So here goes. My life is for the purpose of showing how great Jesus really is. 1 Corinthians 10:31 defines my life purpose: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” I write books and music and drink coffee and love my wife and play with my little girl to make Jesus look great. That’s what I am on planet earth for.
4. Do you think sports are worth spending time on (plug that book, son)?
Yes. Two reasons. First, sports are a wonderful gift from God. I get so much joy from watching sports and playing sports and that joy is a gift from God. Second, sports present a wonderful opportunity to glorify God. When I play sports, I can give thanks to God for giving me a healthy body, can be grateful for the joy of making a basket, and can have a wonderful time with other friends who enjoy playing sports.
I wrote a book where I address this in detail entitled Game Day for the Glory of God: A Guide for Athletes, Fans, and Wanabes. You can get it on Amazon HERE: http://www.amazon.com/Game-Day-Glory-God-Athletes/dp/1433501392/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262717328&sr=8-1
5. What are you reading (or have read lately) that has mattered?
I’m reading an awesome book called Old Testament Theology that’s looking like it’s going to be a home run. My knowledge of the OT is limited at best. I mean, I obviously know all the well known stories like “Jacob and the Lion’s Den”, and “Samson Feeding the Five Thousand”. But I really do want to grow in understanding how the Old Testament links to the New Testament, and I think this book is going to be a huge help.
Thanks for doing this interview. If anyone is interested in finding out more about me, like why I love salami, or how I got $32,000 from the Prince of Nigeria, they can find me on my blog (www.theblazingcenter.com), Twitter (twitter.com/stephenaltrogge), or Facebook (facebook.com/stephenaltrogge). Thanks!