About

Hi, I’m John Wilkerson.

Since I was a kid I’ve loved technology. My first computer was a Commodore VIC-20. My first gaming console was an Atari 2600. Saturday morning cartoons were my crack.

Those formative years gave me a passion for things that light up and beep. These days I tend to binge on social media and Netflix.

I’ve been married to my fantastic wife for 25 years and have 7 awesome kids, a fancy daughter-in-law, a geeky son-in-law, and the cutest grandsons on the planet.

My wife and I homeschooled all of our kids. Well, my wife homeschooled them and I tried to help.

Mostly I just got in the way and distracted them from their learning. That’s what dads are supposed to do, right?

Every day I struggle to follow Jesus

We’re all trying to find purpose in life.

Struggling for Purpose explores the everyday struggles of what it means to follow Jesus. Through blog posts, audio essays, and occasional interviews, John Wilkerson shares his thoughts on faith, society, and geek culture.

Join me as I struggle for purpose in my daily life.

“Dear brothers and sisters…I urge you…to join in my struggle…”
—Romans 15:30 (NLT)

Active Podcasts

Struggling for Purpose (formerly 10 the Podcast) is a top-of-mind rambling podcast. Most episodes are recorded on the day of their release in an unedited, free-form format. It is approximately 10 minutes long and is published every 10 days.

Good News Pickleball is a weekly devotional that combines my love of Jesus and pickleball into a podcast. Each week I share how the gospel helps me be a better pickleball player. I also share some news and a tip from a professional player or coach to help improve your game.

Inactive Podcasts

Christian Podcast Trailers featured new and new-to-you trailers (short teasers of a show that appear in podcast directories) from Christian podcasters around the world who want to encourage and inspire you to live for Christ. Unfortunately, not many Christian podcasters are using trailers so it was hard to find any to include.

Three Minute Bible Study is a meditative Bible study podcast designed to help people slow down and hear the plain truth of God’s written word. There are no theological dissertations or debates. Three minutes. Two verses. No trick questions.

The Wired Homeschool was my longest-running podcast. What remains at the site is an archive of evergreen podcasts and articles that homeschoolers can use to enhance their homeschooling with technology.

Homeschool News Today Podcast Art

Homeschool News Today provided homeschoolers with news that encourages, equips, and entertains five days a week. Articles are carefully curated to provide you with quality content. Each episode is under 2 minutes and the podcast is also available as an Alexa Flash Briefing. This podcast is currently on hiatus.

Project: Movie Time

Project: Movie Time My daughter and I used to sit down about once a month to discuss the latest TV shows and movies we’re watching together. I may restart this podcast with my daughter or other kids.

Stranger Themes

Stranger Themes Explored Christian themes in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Together with my co-host, Winston Crutchfield, we would break down each episode, tease out the ideas and concepts, and see how they can be applied to our lives. It was a good idea while it lasted but circumstances prevented us from recording further episodes.

Jesus Geek Podcast logo

This is the podcast that started my podcasting journey. In November 2005 I started Jesus Geek (then known as Homeschool Tech) and since then I’ve been podcasting in one form or another.

The Stickercast Podcast logo

The Stickercast was a weekly podcast that provided GetGlue fans with a weekly rundown of all the official news released from GetGlue as well as tips for earning stickers.  GetGlue was a check-in social platform focused on TV, movies, and music.

Back in 2010, I wanted to make a difference with my podcasts, and Compassion365 was birthed. I and several other podcasters released a podcast every day to encourage people to give to Compassion International.

Social Giving Podcast logo

The Social Giving Podcast never really got out of the gate. I released a few episodes that discussed using social media to encourage people to give to charity. It was meant to be a resource for non-profit organizations.

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This blog is built on WordPress using the Acabado Theme with a few minor tweaks.

I’m using the following plug-ins: Akismet, AMP, amr shortcode any widget, BBSpoiler, Blubrry PowerPress, CryptX, Google Fonts, Jetpack, Pretty Link, SG Optimizer, Social Subscribe and Follow, Speed Optimizer, Ultimate Category Excluder, and WP Forms Lite.

For WordPress hosting, I recommend SiteGround for its ease of use, reliability, and value. This blog is currently using a shared hosting plan.

I record my podcasts using an ATR2100-USB microphone, plugged into my iPad with an Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, or into my laptop with a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Recording on the iPad is in Bossjock Studio.

Recording, editing, and post-processing are done in Audacity. For podcast media hosting and statistics I recommend Blubrry or Podbean. I also use Auphonic which helps to streamline the enhancing and uploading procedure.