Behind the scenes here at Gentle Reformation we have a running joke about the “Doppelganger virus.” For those who do not know what a doppelganger is, the German literally means “double goer” and describes the case of a person taking on the identity of another. Think identity theft and some of those Citibank commercials on TV where a grandma is talking like a thug boasting about his recent purchases on her credit card.
Well, I had the doppelganger sensation this week. I was away this week at a presbytery conference and somewhat deliberately stayed away from the internet. However, people kept coming up asking me things that did not make sense to me, such as:
Person 1: I hear you just read a 2700 page counseling book?
Person 1: And you are starting a D. Min. course?
Person 2: How do you post on Gentle Reformation on Sunday mornings when you should be at worship?
After these and other humorous insistences that I was doing things I had no idea I was doing, I began to realize that Nathan Eshelman’s first post on counseling must have gone up under my Gravatar (the picture and self-description that accompanies our posts on the blog). However, upon my return I find that everything appears in order here.
I will assume for now all this was just an honest mistake. But just in case, remember it’s not me but Wikipedia that defines a doppelganger as “a tangible double of a living person in fiction, folklore, and popular culture that typically represents evil.” Hmmm…