About Devotion.al

Devotion.al and Me

My name is Ian Kirk. I am an ordained Elder in the Christian denomination The Church of the Nazarene. I am currently the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.

Before my formal call at Generations Community Church, I had started writing devotionals, in particular for Advent, then Lent. As I was writing content, it made sense to start posting on the web, especially once the devotional transformed into a daily devotional from the special season devotional.

Initially, it was only posted on Facebook, but soon I decided to post it on my own site since it was content I wrote. In May 2020, I made a switch to hosting these devotionals on my personal site to Devoti.onl (and, hey, I thought the domain name was fun). As of 22 September 2020, I was able to secure the Devotion.al domain, and here we are!

The goal of this separation is so that as I write these, I am doing my best to keep my personal, professional, and even pastoral sites/roles separated from these devotionals.

As my call is at Generations Community Church, the devotions have been primarily focused on that faith community. However, I’m working on making them more general for the larger Christian faith community.

It is my hope that you enjoy these devotionals, and that they help you walk closer with Jesus.

Disclaimer: Just to be clear, while I am an ordained elder and a called pastor, these devotionals are my personal ministry. These do not necessarily represent the denomination nor Generations Community Church.

Update 20 July 2021

Devotion.al still remains my baby. Yet, there is a time to move on, and God has made it clear to me that it is time. I do plan to keep it going, but not on a daily basis. I’d like to try weekly for a time, but we will see. As my call seems to be about to change, I need to begin my preparations. To do so means that I will be devoting a much greater amount of time to reading and prepping my toolbag.

The Logo

To be honest the logo was one of many initially presented to me as an option for a generic Christian site. So, it wasn’t my original thought. However, I chose it because it resembled a cross, and I appreciated the stylization, seeing 3 I’s (the first initial of my given name) in it. I later learned that this is almost exactly like the IX monogram whose “X” was more centered on the “I” as if it were a wheel. The I was the Greek initial for Iesous (i.e., Jesus) and the “X” for Christos (Christ).

The Colors

I love church liturgy, which is pretty funny coming from a guy who is all about the digital. For many years, I wanted to develop a website that changed color schemes on particular dates to match the liturgical year. Once I added featured images to the devotionals, at least the text colors changed to match.

If you’re not familiar with the church year, I won’t go into it much, but it was developed in an era when people couldn’t read so visual symbols and indicators were important. It matured into something more, but the basic is still there. A visual indicator of where the church is during the year.