Who am I?
To the Census Bureau, I am Anglo. I am male. I am a husband, a father, and a minister.
To my family, I am a son, husband, brother, father, uncle, grandson, cousin, nephew.
I may be the world’s only discalced Baptist.
I frequently encounter the Divine in nature–probably why I love camping, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking so much.
I believe in the value of knowing history. I find it essential for anchoring one’s own story in the grand narrative of the world, as well as hearing echoes of the present in the voices of the past. A life saturated in the Desert Mothers & Fathers, Philokalia, Ignatius, Benedict, and other spiritual authors and mystics has much to offer the present challenges facing our world.
I play at the guitar–mostly bluegrass and old gospel, but an increasing amount of blues.
I am a foodie. I am a photographer. I am an ordained American Baptist minister.
And I find concise statements of self-identity to be one of the greatest challenges of the information age.
Oh, and the usual disclaimers apply: my thoughts are my own, and not necessarily representative of my employing ministry, my denomination, my family, my dog, the local or state governments, foreign dignitaries, musical sensations, yada yada yada….