I’m a freelance writer in Minneapolis, and I write about everything from engineering to art. I have a social work degree from the University of Wyoming and about half a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota. I was raised on the plains of Colorado in Broomfield, a suburb of Denver, by a lapsed Methodist and an agnostic. But despite (or maybe because of) my secular upbringing, the mystery, pageantry and emotion of religion have always enthralled me. In my blog, I’ll describe my experiences at churches I visit, and explain how my experiences of God compare to those of Christians.

I blog for Outreach magazine. Everything here, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Outreach magazine. 


17 Responses to “About Me”

  1. 1 john d. December 21, 2006 at 7:48 pm

    i think your a great writer and a valuable christian. to all of man kind. thank you mr. rainer

  2. 2 Tom Goodman January 6, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    I’m looking forward to keeping up with your blog. I’ve written a resource that may interest you: The Anchor Course is a study for seekers organized around the lines of the Apostles Creed. Info about me and about the course at http://getanchored.blogspot.com

  3. 3 hdolezalek January 7, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks, Tom, that’s good to know!

  4. 4 Dean W. January 18, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Hi Holly,

    Thanks so much for your thoughts in “To witness or not to witness.” Right on target. I’m one of the pastors at The Fields in Carlsbad, California, and plan to forward your comments to our leaders. Our desire is to be winsome witnesses, not insensitive intruders, and your insights are appreciated.

    If you’re ever out our way, please stop by and visit. I promise we won’t have you stand up and introduce yourself — but we may ask you for your thoughts afterwards.


  5. 5 Lisa January 18, 2007 at 1:47 am

    In response to your request for fun religious bumper stickers…I recently saw one that made me laugh:

    I’m an agnostic dyslexic insomniac that lies awake all night wondering if there really is a dog

    Your blog is awesome. Keep up the great writing!

  6. 6 Gordy January 18, 2007 at 3:05 am

    Hi Holly, interesting blog. I will definitely come back.

    Have you ever taken the good person test? You can find it here:

  7. 7 Adam J. February 6, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    I just stumbled onto your blog and I think you have some interesting thoughts. I’ll defiantly come back. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it’s good to see things from a different perspective.

  8. 8 hdolezalek February 6, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks, Adam, and welcome!

  9. 9 just Pete February 6, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Hey Holly,
    I’ve been enjoying your blog and am, similarly, trying to figure out Christian music on mine. Wishes of clarity to us all!

  10. 10 nakedpastor February 7, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Can’t find how to email you. Just wanted to let you know I like your site. I’m somewhat on the same page in many ways… plus an artist! Keep writing.

  11. 11 Donald B March 6, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Holly …

    I finally finished making it through your blog. Very interesting reading. Your perspectives on church and Christians could very insightful for pastors everywhere to help them better understand what people outside the church are thinking.

    I am Donald B. I don’t want to force my beliefs down your throat, but I thought I’d offer up this reading from my blog. Read it if you would like … but understand … I am a Christian and this is my understanding of what it means to be a Christian. (I’m one of those that believe there is only one way.)

    I’ll be back to visit your blog again!

    Go with God,

  12. 12 Al March 28, 2007 at 5:35 pm


    Came across your blog completely by accident and find your thoughts very interesting. I think it’s great that you are giving Christians the opportunity to see ourselves as the rest of the world sees us. Keep up the great writing!


  13. 13 hdolezalek March 29, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks, Al, and welcome!

  14. 14 Jen April 10, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    I love this blog and I love Holly. I love Birkie, too. And Huggy Jesus.

  15. 15 Holly April 11, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    And I love the love! The internet rocks.

  16. 16 mjminnich September 12, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    I just ambled into your blog and am very glad that I did. Sometime when I am not at work, much more reading will occur.


  17. 17 hdolezalek September 25, 2007 at 1:56 am

    Welcome and shalom back!

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