I am the husband of my wonderful wife and father to eight children. Seven of our children are with us while our first is with the Lord. We are a family like many others. We struggle, we laugh, we cry. We are not perfect. We don’t have all the answers. Heck, we don’t even have all the questions.
Though I am the father, I am not the head of this family. That belongs to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am given the responsibility to shepherd this family as Christ leads me. I don’t do that perfectly – I am probably the most imperfect father on the face of the planet! But I do try to glorify God in all I do and in all this family does.
I have formal training in the Bible and theology. I graduated from Liberty University with a BS in Church ministries in 1998. I enrolled in Capital Bible Seminary (not to be confused with Capital Seminary and Graduate School). I graduated from CBS in 2004 with a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Studies. I graduated Summa cum Laude and was honored to be Salutatorian for my class. My Master’s program included 99 credit hours of advanced studies that included both New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew. We studied every book of the Bible. I enjoyed every minute of my time at CBS. I formed life-long friendships and discovered that sitting at the feet of accomplished linguists and theologians is an invaluable experience.
I work a regular job at a company in Maryland. I like my job a lot and the people I work with are pretty cool as well. I work in the area of Metrology, which is the science of measurement. I lead the efforts in Metrology for this company. Like I said, I like it a lot. I have a great manager and probably the best executive management I have ever experienced. It is truly a blessing to work where I work.
I also have been a Pastor and a church planter. I was honored to be the founding church of a church plant in Maryland. We started with four families in September 2010. We grew to about 100 within 6 months. We grew not because of me or any other person in our church. We grew because God blessed the preaching of His Word. We were split just before our 1 year anniversary by a man and family I had known and trusted for over ten years. He and his family said a lot of hateful things during the split and since the split. This little church plant could not survive the wounds inflicted by this person. We died the following spring.
Surviving the split was difficult. There were some really dark days in there. But the Lord was faithful and He taught me quite a bit about true joy during those dark days. He supplied me with a loving Pastor and Elders and a church family that loved me and my family through those days.
Which brings me to the purpose of this blog.
I have a passion for equipping Christians and defending biblical grace. I learned through the split and death of my church plant that legalism is a lethal thing. It needs to be confronted, battled, and shown for what it is: an anti-grace doctrine from the pit of hell. I hope to equip Christians to defend biblical grace and never to fear the legalist and his attacks.
I also hope to encourage believers in their daily walk with Christ. We spend too much time doing “drive-by hi’s” these days. I hope Christians and non-christians alike are challenged and encouraged by what I write. Since the goal of this blog is to equip, challenge and encourage, I will not address political things unless there is a direct intersection with a issue from the Bible. And even then, I doubt that I will use politics too much…they’re much too divisive.
Most of all I want to glorify God in all I do. So whatever you learn through this blog. However you are challenged or encouraged. If you find anything that is good or praiseworthy, give all the glory to God. I’m just a glove on His hand.