About Eric Conn

We each have a unique story.

Me, I’m a writer, outdoorsman, husband, father and bearded gospel man. I work in the outdoor industry as an editor and journalist. I’m the proud father of three lively boys, husband to one lovely woman. I grew up in the West of Colorado and love the backcountry wilderness. I have a degree in journalism and got my start working as a sports writer in Greeley, Colorado.

My passion is to inspire you to pursue your adventure, live boldly and embrace your life with purpose. We’ve each been given a different vocation, but no matter what you do, I hope you’ll pursue it with a commitment to excellence. I hope these stories help inspire you to do just that.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard thurman

And if nothing else, I hope you’re inspired to get out there and experience the world for yourself. Life is short. Use what time you have to do the things that mean the most to you. Make the most out of the time, talents and people God has placed in your life. Do it all for the glory of God.

 

 

Be strong and courageous.

 

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16 comments

  • Thanks for the words. Found your writing through the Mossberg article on LR shooting.

  • Interesting that Greg C found your blog through the Mossberg long range shooting article. That’s how I found you as well! I really like your writing as well as your strong faith and I will definitely be perusing your site. One question though, and it goes back to the Mossberg article: I inherited a Remington 700 7mm with a Leupold VX 3 scope. I’ve hunted all my life, but South Carolina is shotgun/dog drive country. I want to take up long-range shooting as a hobby, but my rifle experience was limited to basic Army M16 fire. So, is this a good rifle for LR shooting and can you recommend any books or websites for a rookie rifleman?

    • David, thanks for stopping by — glad you found it! I appreciate your kind words, and that you’ve enjoyed what’s been written.

      The Remington 700 and Leupold combination can be good, depending on how the particular firearm functions. A lot of that will have to do with trigger and barrel quality. I’d shoot it on paper at 100 yards, from the prone position, and start measuring groups for different loads (factory or handload). Hornady makes a quality load in the Precision Hunter line, a 162-grain ELD-X bullet for hunting or the ELD-M (match), which I’ve used in the 7mm Mag. You can definitely use that as a starting point, and depending on the development of your skills and the setup, start stretching distance. Keep in mind, “long range” is a relative term. What you’re really after is your own “maximum effective range,” i.e. how far can you consistently, reasonably, and ethically shoot (assuming it’s animals and not steel). As your skills develop and you hone your specific interest (recreation, competition, etc.), you can upgrade your equipment. I’d recommend getting involved with a local long-range shooting group, whether that’s a local precision rifle club or otherwise. The guys in the group can walk you through their gear, make recommendations and disclose best practices.

      Ryan Cleckner’s book on Long Range shooting is helpful. Gun Digest publishes books by L.P. Brezny and Wayne Van Zwoll that are OK. Where I’ve learned most is in long-range shooting courses, which if you can afford (time & money), are ideal. Maybe yours truly ought to have a book on the subject, eh?

      I hope that’s helpful. Let me know how your progress goes!

      Eric

  • Enjoyed reading “Why The Church Needs Violent Men”.
    I am retired Army and currently serving as an Elder in a small Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregation in Western North Carolina. My Pastor and I are avid hunters and firearms enthusiasts. Any hacks, tips or wisdom- feel free to pass along.
    Thanks
    John Letterman

    • Thank you, Mr. Letterman, for your service, both in our armed forces and the church. I always love to meet another avid hunter and firearm enthusiast. In the words of Col. Cooper, Ride, Shoot Straight, and Tell the Truth. Thanks for the comment, and glad you enjoyed. I had a good friend and older pastor who helped me out when I was a young pastor, Joe Brennan. He was a Missouri Synod man. Went home to be with the Lord last year. Steel worker and a man’s man.

  • Really enjoy your articles. I just came across you recently and want to encourage you to keep calling men as well as Pastors up to more of our original God’s Design of masculinity. Your words are greatly needed in today’s society, both in the Believers walk and non-Believers. Men need to step up and become the spiritual leaders in their homes.

  • Hi Eric. If you’rer not happy with soft teaching, then when it comes to men outside the Canon, the guy you’re looking for is David PAWSON. He traces his family line back to John Pawson, who was a colleague of John Wesley. David has an excellent concise biography on Wikipedia, of 4 paragraphs:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Pawson

    Also, see the 11 reviews of his red-pill autobiography:

    https://www.amazon.com/Not-As-Bad-Truth-Musings-ebook/dp/B00T39BMPG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=pawson+not+bad&qid=1577703100&sr=8-1&fbclid=IwAR1mr6YkyAXcBWn7hZ_CAQjejqkjDc1nJQ51FDoQeGza49jkubM5JjZkXBI

    And, hear the first 10 minutes of this game changer 4-part talk, to start to appreciate why u just might’ve found the guy you’ve been looking for. The guy who echoes Yeshua’s warnings; not just the promises.

  • On why the church needs violent men. I think we saw last week in Texas why we need strong men in a church. Not just one man but many men were armed and ready to respond to a direct threat to the congregation. I have been defending those men on several FaceBook sites from other preachers who thought that was wrong.

    As a former soldier turn Pastor, I know what happens when we let bad men have their way. I saw it in Afganistan and Iraq and other places where evil reigned. We again see it with many pastors second-guessing POTUS decision to take out Salimani, who was also evil.

    The skinny jean sissy’s who teach our Seminaries are out of touch with reality. Some of us work with men and women who live on the street see every day. These professors do not understand that sometimes the most loving thing we can do it let a person fail and let sin have its way. I raise livestock as well one thing I know is a sick sheep is a dead sheep it is best to cut that one from the herd before she infects everyone else. Yes, it is hard sometimes but it is necessary, just like when a horse gets colic and twists its gut you just have to put them down, no amount of vet work will help it and to keep the poor thing from suffering a bullet is sometimes the best relief. As a Rescue Mission pastor for the last 27 years, I know what it takes for men to become clean and sober yet most preachers in my town think I am unloving and unkind. No, I just won’t put up with their sad sob stories. If you want to change I want to help you change but you can’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

    Thank you for saying what many of us have been thinking.

    Cowboy up,

    Pastor Gregory Kirk
    Poplar Bluff MO

    • Pastor Kirk, thanks for the insight. I think the recent incident in Texas is case-in-point of why the church needs dangerous, violent men.

      Regarding seminary professors, I think the model of turning future generations of pastors over to soft men who rarely, if ever, interact with working Christians needs to change. I’d love to see training happening at the local church level, and instead of seminaries, some sort of academic help can be provided to the local church for that task.

      Working in a Rescue Mission is perfect training. As you know, it requires masculine toughness in calling men to repent while not allowing them to play the victim or, as often happens, playing your emotions. In other words, it takes real toughness. Thanks for doing that work, which is sorely needed. God bless brother. And cowboy up, amen to that.

  • Greg & Eric,

    I agree with both of you. Today, distance learning technology has all but destroyed the need for traditional campuses for the academic necessities of philosophy, theology, history, literature, and such. Heck, we can even do effective mentoring with limited direct contact and a lot of virtual correspondence. For vocational ministry and lay leadership, an apprenticeship training program is far more biblically sound. Augment that…as Eric suggests…with a quality e-learning program to aid the local minister-mentor in the task of discipleship and I think we’ve arrived at the best possible blend of 1st Century discipleship and 21st Century academia.

  • Thanks for the work here, Eric. Gotta work on that signature, though. A left-handed child’s scribble is not masculine.

  • Oliver Hazard Perry said, “We have met the enemy and they are ours” in the battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. It was the cartoon character Pogo by Walt Kelly, I believe, who gave it the sardonic twist. Not that I disagree with your comments, but it is important for credibility purposes to get the facts straight.

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