about me

My name is Jeff Bettger, I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am married to Teresa. I have three daughters. Octavia, Belladona, and Eden are their names. I am an “Urban Missionary” in Seattle. I am the executive director and acting president of a non-profit called Artist Reformation. I am working for Great Commission Ministries and am very excited to see what God teaches me about Himself everyday.

I play music in numerous bands around the Pacific Northwest. Some of the bands I have been in are “Ninety Pound Wuss”, “Raft of Dead Monkeys”, and “Team Strike Force”. I am currently in “Suffering and the Hideous Thieves”, and “Dry Bones”. People know me as Jeff Suffering. That is my “Punk Rock Name”. I still go by it online and in bands, but do not relate to the name in the same way I once did. That’s a whole other story that I may blog about later.

I am excited to be a Christian. I am also excited to get to do some cool things with some great people. Things like being husband and father, playing music, working with artists and spending time with people working, playing, and enjoying God.

This blog contains my rants, opinions, activities and beliefs. I write about stuff I’m passionate about. Enjoy if you like it and if you don’t like it don’t read it. I’m more than happy to answer any questions and engage with anyone who’s interested. Although I should warn you I am not the best communicator or that quick to respond so please forgive me and be patient with me. If you don’t hear back after a few weeks please reach out to me again. I am truly not trying to ignore anyone.

12 comments

  1. aree says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Its nice to see you blogging. i have always enjoyed your music. i did have a question for you about Raft of dead monkeys, and a manifesto of sorts that was published…relating to the idea behind the band. i remember reading it years ago. but anyway, just wondering about that, would like to read it again. shoot me an email, i’d love to get a correspondance going. Shalom.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Hey JEFF!!
    Great to see you blogging.

    • Shahalam says:

      Yes I do Many feel or believe that fnndiig a treasure of great monetary value is best, but to me? Finding treasures that give me wisdom, discernment and knowledge are of the greatest advantage. And I imagine one of the if not THE wealthiest humans that ever lived this Earth felt the same way, since when God asked him what was of most value or what he wanted he chose wisdom ” I want the treasures that give peace .. No earthly wealth of any kind can do that, and if one came close? It would be passing away We know exactly where spiritual treasures can be found. God’s word, like a treasure map, points us to the precise place where we will be able to find the treasures that God promised. Referring to the Christ, the apostle Paul wrote: Carefully concealed in him are all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge The Watchtower July 15, 2009 page 3

  3. Andy Hackett says:

    It’s great to discover this blog and the work that you are doing. I am a missionary in Tepic, Mexico that mostly works with artists as well. All the work I do is outside of the church with the different bands, a label, a music blog and organizing concerts. I met you once at a show (I’m from Seattle) and would love to be in conctact. My e-mail is andy@alternativemissions.com and it would be great to have dialogue about these issues. One of my major concerns is always how to build up/encourage artists in their art and their spirituality. It does mostly come naturally but sometimes I have a hard time with discipleship after the Jesus talks. Anyways…I hope you get involved in music soon. “Rats in Heaven” is one of my favorite albums of the last 10 years. God bless…

  4. Jonny says:

    Hello Jeff,

    You have had a huge impact on my life. As a fellow vocalist I have many questions. It would mean a lot to me if you respond.
    first off, did you make enough money to sustain yourself when you were in 90 pound wuss and RODM?
    Secondly, It seemed like there were negative overtones regarding religion in the past. Did I miss something or did you change your mind?

    I’m somewhat of a struggling musician at the moment but would really like to hear your opinions.

    if your curious check out some of my past work:
    The Crinn
    Jonnys got a Raygun
    Eyes for Ears

    -Jonny
    Jonny@EyesForEars.com

    • jsuffering says:

      Well first off let me say Religion sucks. Religion is about people doing good works to make themselves acceptable to God. That is simply impossible, and always leads to despair or self-righteousness.
      Many who call themselves Christians are religious people, not followers of Christ.
      Jesus Christ alone can reconcile us to God the Father not religion. Christ is fully God who became a man, walked this earth without sin as an example He is a perfect unblemished lamb that was sacrificed in order to pay our debt to Him, that we are simply unable to pay off ourselves. Christ then rose from the grave conquering over Satan, Sin, and Death. He then gives us His Spirit to empower us to be conformed to His image. He adopts us into His family, forgives us our debt, and gives us His righteousness in exchange for our sin.
      This is simply the best news in the world and trumps religious thinking that says I need to earn my approval from God, in my own strength by doing good works in my own ability and power.

      I hate religion, I hate sin, I hate death, I hate what it does in this world causing sickness, and rebellion.
      When I was in RODM I was immature and religious. I did not experience the joy of knowing and loving a God who is so gracious and kind as to give me himself and reconcile this heart that wants to turn from him at every chance I get. Even then in the name of Christianity I came as a hypocritical jerk to point out other peoples sins.
      I am free in Christ to love Him and others, to serve Him and others, not to ram religion and my freedom to use whatever language I want or whatever it may be that my religiously irreligious attitude spewed forth.
      I have turned towards Jesus and surrendered my life to Him and want nothing more than everyone else to see Him for being a good and gracious King!

      As for making money with music, good luck. I think the best year I had was around $10,000 maybe. The average amount I made per year was more like $500 after expenses. Of-course that is over a 10 year period. At the time I was trying to make music an ends to making money, so I could provide. I was worshiping Money and Creativity. I was Looking to worldly things to save me from meaninglessness and poverty.
      Now I trust in Christ with all that I am. It is amazing to use those things in a way to serve Him and bless others. I have so much joy and freedom now. It is all because my identity is solid in Christ Jesus and what He has accomplished on the Cross, and in His resurrection. Faith is a funny thing. It is foolishness for those who have none. I pray right now Jesus would be the center of your life so His joy will abound in you.

      I hope this answers your questions.

      • Antonio says:

        Yes and it is for everyone That Would love to be one of Gods Witnesses .(Proverbs 2:1-9) .a0.a0.My son, if you will reivcee my sayings and treasure up my own commandments with yourself, 2a0so as to pay attention to wisdom with your ear, that you may incline your heart to discernment; 3a0if, moreover, you call out for understanding itself and you give forth your voice for discernment itself, 4a0if you keep seeking for it as for silver, and as for hid treasures you keep searching for it, 5a0in that case you will understand the fear of Jehovah, and you will find the very knowledge of God. 6a0For Jehovah himself gives wisdom; out of his mouth there are knowledge and discernment. 7a0And for the upright ones he will treasure up practical wisdom; for those walking in integrity he is a shield, 8a0by observing the paths of judgment, and he will guard the very way of his loyal ones. 9a0In that case you will understand righteousness and judgment and uprightness, the entire course of what is good.The Watchtower July 15, 2009 page 3

  5. JOHNNY AUSTIN COFFEY says:

    I became a huge fan when 90 lb. wuss was the only creative christian music I could find in 1997 and 98. over the years i’ve somewhat followed your career or whatever and I was confused at times as to what you believed about God or your art and the connection because I was really wanting to express my faith with extreme music . i now understand where you stand about all of it and i’ve come to the conclusion myself that my faith doesn’t depend on you being faithful but me being faithful and most of all God being faithful. You have been a great inspiration to me in and out of the bands just to see you grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord. Their are so many time when I was struggling with something in my walk with the Lord and 90 pound wuss lyrics would speak to my heart so don’t ever say it doesn’t matter what you created because if your music sucked i wouldn’t have bothered buying it thanks. by the way i have SHORT HAND OPERATION on vinyl and I think it’s one of the best albums ever made.it should it cost me 20 bucks

  6. hey. i used to run the “two rivulets” blog….still making “music”…changes happened over the years…i would like to send you my nep i just finished for my new project…what’s a physical address i can send this to?? -josh.

  7. Ralph has been trying to get in contact with you he has news about his heart he would like to talk with you at your earliest convenience his number is (360) 808-3419, please give him a call.

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