This site is a small window into my world.
Perhaps, like me, you are getting weary of the anger and divisiveness and fear-mongering and judgmental attitudes that seem so prevalent.
It feels like middle school all over again.
One of the things I love about a university setting is that it is a place to have our minds stirred and challenged. We’re not afraid to follow our quest for truth wherever it leads. We read and learn and question and dialogue and argue and and sometimes, change our minds!
I’ve been teaching Christian history for over twenty years, now. And every year brings new opportunities for me to watch (sometimes slowly) students connect the dots, reevaluate presuppositions, learn things that challenge them to think about the world differently, and have “aha” moments that change their life.
It’s why I chose to be a professor.
Lately I’ve been thinking about how I can serve those who crave these experiences but don’t have the wonderful privilege that I have of actually getting paid to go to college!
So, I’m creating this space for you. Whether you are a former student, a new student, or someone who has no idea where Hardin-Simmons University is, but you just love to learn.
What you won’t find here is vitriolic politics or dystopian prophecies. What I hope you will find here is people who love to think deeply. And posts that remind you, just a little, of your own university days.
I teach Christian history at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. I have two beautiful children and a wonderful wife who teaches Old Testament and Hebrew. I love hiking through tall Ponderosa Pines and Aspens, watching sunrises slowly turn from burnt orange to peach, and reading just about anything. I only sip coffee that I’ve roasted myself, and I prefer warm conversation with friends face to face over anything the internet has to offer.
Some of my favorite topics that you will find here are, of course, Christian history, but then also excerpts from my journal, contemplative practices and theology, nature, poetry, witty humor I find in every day stuff, and quotes from books I’m reading.
It’s a work in progress, so we’ll see where this thing goes….
To get you started, here’s a quote from one of my absolute favorite authors, J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s a verse from Bilbo.
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And wither then? I cannot say.