I am a follower of Christ first and foremost, and God and His word are the greatest treasures to me. God and His word is the source of truth, and all things should be held up to the light of that truth. I haven’t always been a lover of His word, but as I grow older, and the more time I spend in those pages, the deeper the riches I discover in them. God pulled me up out of the mire when I was 19 and called me into the ministry. It’s been a bumpy road, but I can always look back and see the hand of God all over the path I have taken. He is faithful, so I want to be faithful to Him.
Next in line to being a follower of Christ I am a husband. I love my wife with all of my heart. She is the next greatest treasure I have on this earth. I don’t always excel in the area of marriage, but I am striving to put first above all things other than God. This is a hard thing to do. But my wife is gracious, and beautiful, and caring, and kind, and patient with me. She balances me out. I’m a dreamer, she’s a realist. I’m an extrovert, she’s an introvert. I’m a loud-mouth, she’s quiet and collected. But I thank God that he brought someone into my life that was able to reign in this wild man. I look forward to the decades left that we have together. May God bless every gray hair she gets on her head because of me.
Then I am a father. According to Psalm 127, children are a heritage and a blessing from God. And as a warrior of God, I want my quiver full of his blessed arrows. I love my children and want to be the best father they will ever have. I seek to do my best to direct their paths and teach them in the ways that they should go so that as they grow older, they will never depart from it. I am teaching them to love God and love others. And I’m excited about their future. Who knows, perhaps the next Billy Graham or Paul the Apostle will be among them.
Then I am a campus pastor and a worship leader at my local church. I have been in ministry at some capacity (volunteer, part-time, or full-time) since I was 20 years old. I have ministered in many denominations and church settings. And over the years, I have come to love the church, the Bride of Christ. I love being a minister, even when it is difficult at times. But God has called me to this place and time, and I will seek to honor him with all that I do in this area.
Finally, I’m a reformer and a revolutionary. I’m tired of doing the same thing expecting different results. The Bride of Christ is beautiful, but she is far from perfect at this time. She needs the voices of the prophets ringing in her ear to call her back on the straight and narrow. As a campus pastor, I get to preach often to my local body. But I am constantly looking for avenues and public platforms to be able to speak God’s truth. I love a good debate, and I love it even more when it is carried out respectfully. The nation I live in (America) is in a dark place. And I pray that God will allow me to be part of the great awakening and revival that I sense brewing in the hearts of the believers in His local bodies of believers. I want the future to be a bright one for my children and my grandchildren. I want them to know and love and experience the blessings of the God I serve. And to find a home in a beautiful local church.
I will fight to the end to see the death of injustices and untruths put into the atmosphere by those who seek to destroy the Church and the truth found in the pages of God’s word. And one of those ways is this blog. I’m excited about this journey.