The other M. Hemingway…

image006Yes, I’m the guy married to the Divine Mrs. Z. (Yes, that’s a picture from our wedding day.) I’ll be helping out around these parts for a few weeks while Brad is doing his best to ace a series of brutal law school exams. We’re pulling for you Brad!

All I can say is, thankfully I’ll only be doing this for a short while. For nothing else than the sake my own ego, it’s probably best I not be measured against the same yardstick as my wife. She’s even more of a force of nature in real life than on the page. But I’ve helped my wife behind the scenes and provided input occasionally in her capacity at GR pretty much since she started, so I hope I can hit the ground running.

Anyway, a little bit about me. I’m originally from Bend, Oregon. You’ve probably figured out that I am a Missouri-Synod Lutheran like my wife and am interested in all things relating to Lutheranism and small-o orthodox Christianity. However, I’m an adult convert. I was raised Mormon and much of my family are still practicing LDS. So while I no longer wear my CTR ring, in the last few years I’ve found myself increasingly invested in understanding my former church (and even frequently defending it against a great deal of misinformation).

I just started a new job working at the editorial page of The Washington Examiner. Prior to that, I was at National Review, so take that for what it’s worth. However, throughout my career, I’ve worked in a number of newsrooms and at a wire service in far less ideological contexts. In a professional context, I value quality journalism above litmus tests. And as a regular reader for years, I’m well aware of the impact this site has had in raising the level of journalism on the Godbeat, so I’m happy to be here.

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  • http://knapsack.blogspot.com Jeff

    Delighted to see you here, Mark, and sorry to not have you commenting at The Corner. I’ll watch for your posts, as I’ve enjoyed your wife’s. And a blessed Advent to you both . . .

  • revcje

    I have often read your pieces in NR and will now look forward to seeing your posts here. Mollie’s words are always most welcome – both here and elsewhere on the web. Su Dievu.

  • rq

    Welcome Mark! Mollie’s posts have a highly consistent awesomness factor. Glad to see you here as well. Don’t be afraid to sign your last name to your posts, and provide a link to your intro – it will make it easier for newcomers to get to know you.

  • http://www.biblebeltblogger.com Frank Lockwood

    Bend?
    I grew up in Hermiston. We were in the same division — the Intermountain Conference, I believe they called it. Welcome aboard.

  • Edy

    I am a former mormon, and now a born-again Bible believing
    attennding a WELS Lutheran congregatio in North Hollywood CA.

    WELS is Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, quite a conservative group, but full of loving and understanding people. We have even given a class about mormonism based on Pastor Mark Cares work & book entitled Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons.

    I’d be interested if you have been successful in speaking to your mormon family members about what the Bible actually says and how the Bible is historically true. Could you send your answer to my email? Thanks so much.

    Oh, you can find my testimony on Youtube if you want. Go to Youtube and type in my name: Edy Meredith Testimony

  • SjB

    Loved the photo! Yep, you is divinely blessed. :)

  • ksenia

    Hello,
    I have some Mormon friends, and would be interested in making sure I have good info about LDS, in case the subject comes up. I am a Lutheran who converted to Orthodox Christianity. Could you point me in the right direction, please?