Please know that I often perform at two locations on Sundays… in a morning worship service and also later in the day, mid-afternoon or evening. So if you see a Sunday date you like but it has a booking already, there may still be an option for you at the other time of day.

You can reach me at 319-431-9934 or

I look forward to speaking with you.  Thanks and Blessings!     

+ Jonathan

Feb 16         Grace Lutheran Church             Cambridge, WI         Witnesses

Feb 25        Men’s Night Of Champions       1st Assembly CR, IA   Witnesses

March 8       Riverside Marriage Retreat       Story City, IA            Witnesses

March 12     First Presbyterian                      Mankato, MN           Witnesses

March 19    Redeemer Lutheran Church     Fort Myers, FL          Witnesses

March 23    New Life Lutheran Church         Sarasota, FL            Witnesses

March 26    Peace Lutheran Church            Edgar, WI                 Witnesses

March 30     House of Hope Ministries          Marshall, MN           Witnesses

April 2          Peace Lutheran                         Edmund, OK           Witnesses

April 5          Thanksgiving Lutheran              Bellevue, NE             Witnesses

April 5/6       Thanksgiving Lutheran              Belleveu, NE            Witnesses

April 6         Christ the Servant Lutheran       Norfolk, NE              Witnesses

April 9          Faith Lutheran                           Columbus, WI          Witnesses

April 13       Ascension Lutheran Church     Cedar Falls, IA         Witnesses

April 13        Lord of Life Lutheran                 Maple Grove, MN    Witnesses

April 18         1st Lutheran Church                Kearny, NE               Witnesses

April 20         Hope Community Church       Cottage Grove, MN    Witnesses

April 23         North St. Mark’s Lutheran       N. St. Paul, MN          Witnesses

April 25-27  Youth Encounter Quake Zone    Wi. Dells, WI             Speaker/Actor

May 4           Living Word Lutheran Church  Alexandria, MN         Witnesses

May 16  Psycho-Social Care Conference  Cedar Rapids, IA Speaker/Actor  Nassif Comm Cancer Center

June 8   (Sun am)   Central Lutheran Church    Elk River, MN      Witnesses

June 20 (Friday)  “Love Like Jesus” Synod Youth Gath. Grand View College, D.Moines

Summer 2014   Mount Carmel Family Camp and Retreat Center  Alexandria, MN 

Aug 11-14 “Raise up A Child” Family Retreat, Mount Carmel, Alexandria, MN

Aug 18-21  ”Calling on the Lord” Elderversity Retreat, Mount Carmel, Alexandria, MN

Aug 25-28 “Name Above All Names” Elderversity Retreat, Mount Carmel, Alexandria, MN

Sept 7-12 “The Book of Revelation” Elderversity Retreat, Mount Carmel, Alexandria, MN

Sept. 14-17 “”Creating Your Spiritual Legacy” Elderversity Retreat, Mount Carmel, Alexandria, MN

 Sept 20 (Saturday)   First English Lutheran, Bethany Lutheran and Friends in Christ…. hosting at First English Lutheran Church, Menhaga, MN.   Witnesses (7pm)

Oct 1 (Wed)  Lake Benton Opera House   Lake Benton, MN   Witnesses (Tentative)

Oct 5 (Sunday am)  Our Savior’s Luth Church  New Ulm, MN   Witnesses

Oct 12 (Sunday, 4pm)  Our Saviour’s Lutheran  Callendar, IA     Witnesses

Oct. 19 (Sunday pm)  Come 2 Go Ministries     Fort Wayne, IN   Witnesses

Nov. 16 (Sunday aft)  St. John’s Lutheran  Danforth, IL   Celebrate the Child

Nov. 19 (Wed Eve)  Hope Lutheran + Other Host Churches at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, River Falls, Wi   Witnesses

Nov 23 (Sun am) Cross Roads Luth Parish  Osage, IA  Celebrate the Child

Nov. 23 (Sun pm)  Discover Church   Brooklyn Park, MN  Witnesses

Nov 30  (Sun am) Hope Lutheran Church  Edgar, WI   Celebrate the Child

Dec. 3  (Wed)  Praise Community Church  Mason City, IA   Celebrate the Child

Dec. 7 (Sun am)  Tracy  Lutheran Church   Tracy, MN  Celebrate the Child

Dec 12 – A CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT — Paul Oman, Drawn to the Word Ministries and Jonathan Swenson of Paraphrase Theatre collaborate on a very special evening to celebrate the joy of Christmas. – Cedar Rapids, IA

Dec. 14 (Sun am and pm)   OPEN FOR BOOKING CHRISTMAS SHOW!

Dec 19 - A CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT – Paul Oman, Drawn to the Word Ministries and Jonathan Swenson of Paraphrase Theatre collaborate on a very special evening to celebrate the joy of Christmas. – Cedar Rapids, IA

Dec. 21  (Sun am) Our Savior’s Evang. Lutheran   Delafield, WI   Celebrate the Child


Jan 2-4     Des Moines Youth Quake,  Des Moines, IA  Keynote Speaker, Actor

Jan 16-8   St Louis Youth Quake, St, Louis, MO   Keynote Speaker, Actor

Feb 6-8      Toledo Youth Encounter Youth Quake, Toledo, OH  Keynote Speaker, Actor

Feb 18, 2015 (Ash Wed)   Augustana Lutheran   W. St. Paul, MN   Witnesses

March 4, 2015 (Wed)  St. Joseph’s Catholic   Marion, IA   Witnesses






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The Moment

I think a lot of my non-Christian friends would love Jesus, if they met him. And I think a lot of my Christian friends might be surprised by who He is, when they do meet him, face to face, one day. I will be too. I have no doubt.  10494933_10154349376585711_6881386430041141523_o

I am guessing the whole “meet Jesus in Heaven” moment is going to stun all of us. Whatever box we’ve put God in… and whatever pre- or mis-conceptions we have, Jesus will surprise us all.

I think there might be some fear at first. Who are we to think there would not be? And then there will be a welcome love beyond anything we have ever known here on earth. Even the best of welcomes. A “flood of welcome.”

And more “life-per-second” than anything we have experienced thus far. An overwhelming sensation of being… ALIVE.

Reality and accountability too. An honest look-back at our lives, but with a driving force that looks to the future, not to the past. Accountability bathed in forgiveness. A radiant soul-penetrating forgiveness that does not deny the truth but immediately — after acknowledging — rushes in with an avalanche of grace.

And yes, this too: A transforming love. An “it-all-doesn’t-really-matter-as-much-as-I-thought-it-did-and-in-fact-I-am-not-even-sure-I-need-answers-to-the-most-intesnse-and-bitterness-filled-or-heartbreaking-of-questions-that-I-was-waiting-to-ask-God-when-I-got-to-this-moment” kind of heart-searing love.

What a moment that will be.

A little scary.

Out-of-this-world intense.

A whole lot of awesome.

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