Nate Larkin was a guest speaker at our Tribes 2009 Men’s Retreat
Adapted Biography (From Nate’s MySpace page)
My name is Nate, but you can call me Samson. That’s the code name my friends have given me, and for reasons you may eventually understand, I’ve given the same symbolic name to each of them. Together, we are the Samson Society.
These are my best friends, the men of the Samson Society. Real men. Real Christian men. Real screwed-up Christian men. Separately we can act like complete morons, but together — together we are a formidable force for good, an alliance to be reckoned with.
During most of the last 28 years I had only one real friend, my wife, Allie. As far as I knew, she was the only person who knew my crap and loved me anyway.
It was hard on Allie, being my only friend. Sure, she wanted me all to herself sometimes. She liked the feeling of togetherness we experienced when my head was actually at home. But she got tired of being the only one who could confront me when I was wrong, advise me when I was confused, and cheer me up when I was depressed. I piled the weight of all my missing friendships onto her and then got mad when she acted like a girl.
What I needed was friends. Comrades. And now I have them. I’ve written the story of how it happened, along with random commentary about subjects as diverse as Linux, the Bible, baseball, and the killing of Julius Caesar.
I can promise you one thing. The story isn’t boring.
Adapted from the Introduction to Samson and the Pirate Monks By Nate Larkin [Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006]