Who is Fletch?
I think it's fun to get a peek at the people behind a blog. You will find the real me hidden in the blog posts and podcast episodes, but in the meantime here is a very brief introduction.
My name is Fletch. My parents named me Andy (Andrew actually) and some people call me the MangoMan. Hey! I think someone wrote a song about that? I have been married to Kendra for more than 20 years and I wonder everyday how a guy that looks like Shrek ended up with such a pretty wife. I am unabashedly, head over heels, in love with her. God has been ridiculously good to me. I am a dad to eight great kids (yes, 8 or VIII for any Romans reading my blog).
During the day I fix teeth, but as my dad is quick to explain, “at four days/week and 52 Fridays off each year…its hardly a full-time job.” I love being a dentist, but the rest of the time you can find me listening to Jimmy Buffett, hanging out with Betty The SurfDog, stretching out a pair of flip-flops, searching for a warmer climate, blending a refreshment, chillin’ with a mangokid, updating theMT, or watching my wife throw out another piece of my tie-dye wardrobe.
At the center of who I am and a lot of what I write about here on theMangoTimes is my personal faith in Jesus Christ. (Here is a story of how God grabbed me in an unlikely place). For years I was tightly wrapped-up in definitions, but I found that it is easy to paint yourself into a corner by labeling who you are. I ended up with a horrible case of Gospel Amnesia. For the sake of simplicity, I believe it's all about Jesus. I believe God is ultimately in control of ALL things. I believe that the gospel saves us from our past sins and secures for us an eternal future hope, but I also believe that the gospel fulfills us completely in the present. The gospel serves as a daily reminder that we find our identity, our hope, our value and our security in what Christ has done for us. Lastly, I believe there is a fine line between knowing who we are in Christ (justification) and what we are to be doing (sanctification). I wasted way too many years learning to shift my hope from Christ's finished work onto my own efforts, developing gospel amnesia along the way.
The rest of the stuff about me can be picked up along the way. We homeschool, we eat good food, we listen to good music, we love to travel, and we are continual learners. Thanks for checking out theMangoTimes!