I’m from the South, a place where the world moves a little slower, and where people are friendly. I enjoy outdoor activities, such as fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, biking, and just about anything else you can do outside any set of four walls. I also enjoy less active pursuits, such as writing, blogging, and board games on the odd occasion.
I love the countryside of North Carolina, one of the most diverse places on the East Coast and the state where I have grown up. Mountains, foothills, coastal plains, beaches, and islands…you can visit them all without leaving the state. I think that’s pretty awesome.
I’ve taken eight or ten years of piano lessons, and really enjoy playing by ear. I also play harmonica by ear. I love to sing, direct, and write music.
I can be a bit too loud when in company, but on my own I tend to be quiet, perhaps melancholy by nature. I’m a thinker…I prefer being given the facts and allowed to come up with my own opinion about a situation, rather than just being told exactly what to do and how to do it. Some people don’t like that about me…they say I’m non-conformist. I’ve known for years that I don’t fit the mold, but that’s all right…I’m unconventional in a conventional sort of way.
I’m made fun of occasionally because I don’t think as fast as some people. However, if you give me enough time, I’ll probably come up with something worth considering. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. In this world of instant everything, I enjoy meeting another person who understands the necessity of periodic seasons of quiet thought and contemplation.
Really, I’m just another guy. You might not know anybody like me, but that’s okay…I don’t know anybody like you, either! So I guess we’re even on that.
My family moved here in 1996, when my dad enrolled in Ambassador Baptist College as an undergraduate. At that time, there were just the four children and Mom and Dad. Sixteen years later, the Lord has seen fit to increase our number to eleven (nine kids and the parents), and my dad’s mom has lived with us for about two years now. We’ve lived in the same house for almost all of the sixteen years, apart from the three we spent renovating it.We live in the country, and I have never lived inside a city limit. I received my education at home: My mother, an English major in college, taught us our language arts, and my father, who holds a pre-engineering degree, taught us math and science. While it’s not for everyone, I firmly believe that what I learned from my parents will serve me better in the future than an education in a secular institution. They saw clearly my strengths and weaknesses, and were able to provide individual guidance to me and my siblings. I count it as one of my greatest blessings that my parents were able to educate me at home.
Now that I am older, I’ve begun to step out on my own and make decisions semi-independently of my parents, but I am forever grateful for their willingness to come alongside me with sound advice garnered from their years of experience. The older I become, the more thankful I am for the parents that God in His infinite wisdom gave to me. They are one of the brightest spots in my life.
Raised to be an independent thinker, I reason through the evidence and strive to reach a balanced, logical conclusion, no matter what the subject being considered may be. While I do not claim perfection, I make every effort to consider all sides and think carefully through the evidence before stating my position. The underlying foundation for everything in my life is the Bible, which I believe to be the Word of God. While I understand that others do not agree with this position, this is where I stand. Having been guided to this conclusion and position by the Holy Spirit, I can do no other.
One of the main purposes of my blog is to demonstrate to those who visit the relevance and timelessness of Biblical truth. I also use this as my venue to dispute the common belief that “you cannot objectively evaluate anything until you regard as opinion every system of thought and doctrine ever conceived.” While these may not be the exact words, this pithy rendering is at the heart of the current, post-modern interpretation of science, history, the arts, and society. This method of interpreting current events is the reason so many people feel that what you believe makes no difference. It is my contention that the exact opposite is true: since your belief system is the basis for every thought and action, it is the most vital of all systems of thought.
The Southern Voice Administrator/Writer,