1,203,450! This is how many times I have thought about starting a blog. What made me finally commit? Before I answer, let me tell you a bit about who I am.
First of all, I am married to a wonderful woman named Paige. We have been married for 24 years and have three teenage children: Krista (17), Justin (13) and Josh (13). Yes, our boys are twins!
I am currently the director of the Baptist Student Ministries at Texas Tech University. I have been in this position for 7 years. Previous to coming to Tech, I worked with the BSM at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. And previous to working at SHSU, I was on church staff as youth minister at several churches for over 12 years. If you add all that up, I have been in ministry for almost 22 years.
I am also a graduate of Texas Tech University along with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where I earned both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree.
So why have I decided to start a blog? Let me give you a few reasons!
- I want to be an encourager. The writer of the book of Hebrews writes that we should “spur one another on towards love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). I pray such “spurring” takes place here at this blog.
- I want to be a resource. Hopefully, there will be things on this site such as book suggestions, other links, etc… that will help you in your daily routines of following Christ.
- I want to encourage theological and Biblical thinking about all of life. My journey of theological education has led me to see the danger of divorcing doctrine from life. Theology is not just for the seminarian, but for the cotton farmer in West Texas as well.
- Ultimately, I want to spur on Christ followers to be disciples who make disciples who make disciples and so on and so on. Regardless of whether I post a book review, write an article, or reference other blogs, I pray it will be a catalyst for us to be and do what God has saved us to be and do.
So there you have it! Though it’s not a complete list, these are at least some of the reasons I am tackling this task of blogging. I realize that time will be the determining factor as to whether the reasons and purposes of this blog will come to fruition.
One more thing needs to be mentioned about this blog. I want it to be a dialogue, not a monologue. Feel free therefore, to post comments and thoughts. But as you do, please be respectful and courteous, even if you disagree with something.