First let me get something out of the way.
I am not a narcissistic person. I do not begin to suppose that I have a depth of knowledge, wisdom, or insight that you the reader can garner a wealth of information from. I have begun this blog for a few different reasons, and self-aggrandizing is not one of them.
One of the reasons I have started this blog is to track my writing proficiency as I progress through the graduate school experience of seminary. Hopefully, as I hone my skills with the pen (figuratively speaking of course) that will come through in these blog posts. After all, I have not had an English or grammar class in 25 years.
Secondly, I want to document and share my witness of the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. My story… my witness… is a real testament to the power of faith and the power of our God. I boast not in myself, but in the Lord. Let these posts, words, articles, and insights all forever lift His name first.
Third I want to keep forever in evidence the ways my partner in this life, my loving wife Jennifer, supports my calling as an individual, as a couple, and as a family. I have not always included her in everything I do, just as in my life I have done with God. But just like my relationship with God, when I have included her, it always leads to greater success and blessings. She is sharing in this journey with me. She is sacrificing with me, for me, and for our God. She can be my greatest champion. I am forever grateful to God for putting her in my life… even in the challenging trials of being in a relationship for over 27 years.
Fourth, I want to share my experiences going through seminary as a late bloomer… as an “old guy”. I’m not the oldest to go through seminary by far, but I am certainly not a young man. My prayer is that I get through this four-year process, and these pages can serve as encouragement to other older men and women that are considering seminary and a life of pastoral ministry. My hope is that these pages don’t serve to scare anyone off from seminary or ministry if it all goes off course and ends in disaster.
And lastly, I look forward to your support and encouragement along the way. Be sure to leave a comment or two. Let’s have discussions about the issues that will come up. Let me know your experiences and your opinions in the comments below.
May you have a wonderfully blessed day.
In humble service to Christ.