Because Google algorithms demand it, I am going to suppress my humility and list here some credentials consistent with the EAT Factor (expertise, authoritativeness and trustworthiness). Forgive me, I don’t intend to sound vain, and you read here why I decided to add this information at this time.
Robert C. Stroud is a retired Lutheran pastor who served 24 years as an Air Force chaplain. He is blessed to have been happily married to his wife, a special education teacher, for more than forty years. He is the proud father of six (including three who wedded our birth kids) and grandfather of eleven.
He holds undergrad degrees in Journalism and History and a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral ministry. He received a post-M.Div. Master of Theology (Th.M.) in Patristics (early church history) from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. His Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis included research into blogging by clergy.
Stroud has published numerous articles, a few of which are available via Academia. He has also participated in a number of formal writing programs, including the Decision Magazine School of Christian Writing.
During his ministry as a chaplain he received the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Included among his twenty personal decorations are Joint, Army, Navy and Air Force medals.
While on the staff of the USAF Chaplain School, he served as speechwriter for two different USAF Chiefs of Chaplains.
The Rev. Dr. Stroud continues to serve as an interim pastor, and through writing in a variety of venues.
The photo above, with the space shuttle landing over Chaplain Stroud’s shoulder was taken when he was the senior chaplain at Edwards AFB, California.
The Reason for the Name
The title for this blog is derived from the name of one of the greatest writing communities ever to exist. Chief among the members of the Inklings who met weekly in Oxford were C.S. Lewis (of Narnia fame) and J.R.R. Tolkien (creator of Middle Earth).
The adjective is taken from Lewis’ most significant nonfiction work, Mere Christianity. In the finest spirit of the saints who went before him, he pushes aside the religious forest which obscures the heart of Christianity . . . and lifts up Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his life upon a tree to purchase our redemption.
Accordingly, many of the posts in Mere Inkling will be about writing and Christianity. History and humor are also keen interests of the writer of this column, so they will most certainly be encountered with regularity as well.