38Appleton, United States
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My self-summary
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 also oversee a few campus ministries.
I’m really good at
I'm good at understanding human behavior. I enjoy honing this skill from reading the Bible, 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 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: Bethel, Jason Gray, Gungor, David Crowder, Switchfoot, Sidewalk Prophets, Hillsong United, Sanctus Real, Misty Edwards, and Phil Wickam. Also, anything Motown or Miles Davis.

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.
Six things I could never do without
1. Jesus
2. Family
3. Others
4. Students
5. Books
6. Hulu/Movies
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. 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. In short, 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 am 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 funny.

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.”
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