I'm a contemplative and devoted man. The core of my life is my
Christian faith. I'm quiet, though I open up to those around me. I
tend to work hard. I lead a relatively simple life; however, it is
full of meaning. I have a deep need to partake of humor daily. I'm
quite traditional and have conservative values. And I love being
surrounded by laughter!
What I’m doing with my life
I'm trying improve my relationship with Jesus on a daily basis. On
the side, I teach philosophy, mostly ethics, political philosophy,
and philosophy of religion to college students. I have a deep
passion for teaching! I believe that I have a particular calling to
reach out to those who are seeking and un-churched, especially
those who suffer greatly.
I’m really good at
I'm good at understanding human behavior. I enjoy honing this skill
from reading history, learning more about psychology, and being
attentive to others. I'm also good at being dedicated to projects
(the bigger, the better) and finishing them. I also like, and
sometimes excel, at putting new ideas together from fragments of
others' ideas. I'm trying to get better at relaxing and finding new
things to do in the area. Maybe you could help with that?
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to be quiet and blend into the background (which I prefer), and in conversations I often hear clearly that which isn't said aloud. Once comfortable, though, I can talk on and on. But perhaps some people notice my red hair first.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Bible, Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Pascal, Kierkegaard, C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard
Movies: The Road Home, Rocky, Rocky IV, Saving Private Ryan, Indiana Jones, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting
Shows: House, Bones, American Pickers, Pawn Stars. I don't watch much TV.
Music: Jason Gray, Gungor, David Crowder, Switchfoot, Sidewalk Prophets, Hillsong United, Santus Real, Misty Edwards, and Phil Wickam. Also, anything Motown, Miles Davis, Al Green, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel.
Food: Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican. And I could probably eat the #12 (easy mayo) at Jimmy Johns every day for the rest of my life and be happy.
The six things I could never do without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What exactly Jesus requires of us on a daily basis in an array of
muddy ethical scenarios. In general, I spend much time thinking
about issues of right and wrong, as well as how to improve the
world most effectively. I also spend much time thinking about my
future and what my family might look like, as well as how having a
family might change me as a person. I also spend time trying to
figure out how best to explain complicated and important
philosophical issues to students with varying skills and interests.
I spend too much time thinking.
On a typical Friday night I am
Reading and/or grading (I like to prepare for my Monday and Tuesday
classes on Friday, to open up free time over the weekend).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
It's not the most private thing, but this seems to be a suitable
place to note that I'm private. I do open up, but this also
requires having first gained trust.
You should message me if
You should message me if Jesus is the focus of your life. That's
non-negotiable. Furthermore, you should message me if you like what
you read and would like to know more, especially if you happen to
be thoughtful, intelligent, caring, warm, loving, creative, and
What kind of life might be in store for you if you get to know me?
Well, you can judge by the latest of my prayers: “Dear Lord, thank
you for loving me. Please remind me daily of your love. I thank you
for blessing me abundantly, and I ask that you please allow me to
rely upon you above all things both ceaselessly and desperately.
I’m grateful for the pain that I’ve experienced, as I understand
that this draws me closer to better loving you and others. And it
is, indeed, from the deepest wounds that beauty finds a place to
bloom. Brokenness can allow healing. May I live my life for others
while recognizing that every interaction with others is either
life-giving or life-draining. In seeking to love others as you
would have me, please don’t allow me to overlook those who are most
overlooked. Please empower me with a reckless love, a love that
makes me vulnerable beyond comfort. Please remind me to refrain
from instinctually providing solutions to those in pain and,
rather, come to instinctively just be there and love them. I know
that I don’t have the power to this on my own. So, I will fix my
eyes on you and seek to follow your and only your will. Please help
me when I’m weak in this journey. Thank you. Amen.”