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About Me (Really)

I’ve been thinking about my About Me page. I wrote a bunch of teaching and writing4 square me experience in neatly ordered bullet lists. I’m telling myself, “That’s not what I’m about. That’s what I did in the work place for 40 years.”

So here’s another bullet list of stuff about me. I think you’d be more interested in this stuff than how many news stories I wrote or how many kids I taught to find verbs in a sentence.

  • I came to salvation at the cross of Christ when I was ten.
  • When I left high school I spent the next three decades back-slidden into some of the murkiest, disobedient, sinful cesspools imaginable. I was a prodigal son in spades.
  • For many of those back-slidden years I played church. I taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, led Bible studies. Read the Bible. Prayed. Doing all the things I thought would gain me acceptance from God while continuing to be sucked into the world and its lusts.
  • In 1985 God led me to Alanon (I grew up in an alcoholic home). Six months later I came to Step 1—Admitted I was powerless over my addiction and my life had become unmanageable. It was a milestone in my life. The next six years I learned true forgiveness. I also learned the only one I could control was me.
  • In 1986 I found a wonderful church, Frazer UMC in Montgomery, Alabama. My awareness of God’s love for me and His grace in my life continued to grow and mature. I started to learn how much God really loves me.
  • On August 11, 2000 in a Bible study class at First Baptist Church Atlanta, I learned my true identity in Christ.
  • That epiphany changed my life forever. I consider that day the second most important day of my life after the day I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
  • God has gifted me with a talent for writing. Today I use that gift to write devotionals to glorify God.
  • My passion is my mission statement: to help us all know, understand, believe and live out of our true identity in Christ.

Here’s some mundane stuff: My favorite color is blue (sometimes green). I’m a Capricorn (December 23)—but the whole astrology thing is hogwash. I love animals. I prefer dogs; I do not like cats. My favorite book is the Bible. My favorite movie of all time is Princess Bride. My second favorite movie is a three-way tie–The Book of Eli, The Blind Side, and Radio. The back of my head has been published in Life Magazine. My favorite sports team is the Alabama Crimson Tide (college football). I’m retired. I love chocolate, yellow corn on the cob, and fried chicken. I’ve been on short-term mission trips to Argentina twice and Ukraine. I am a kid person and teach 4th and 5th graders at church. I love Vacation Bible School. I have no use for politics or religion, but I will talk about Jesus all day. I don’t call myself a Christian because no one can define exactly what one is. I consider myself an authentic follower of, and a disciple of, Jesus. My spiritual gifts are knowledge, mercy, exhortation and teaching. I believe every word in the Bible is absolutely true. I had open heart surgery in January, 2011. I’m a Vietnam era veteran. I spent my military career at Craig Air Force Base in Selma, Alabama. My first car was a Nash Rambler. While in college I owned (and lived in for awhile) a 1954 Chevy with the original headliner. Ob December 20, 2013, my bride, Marie, and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. My favorite things to do are read and study the Bible and spend time with Marie. We have a blended family and four grown children between us and two beautiful granddaughters. I love classic rock and roll. My favorite musical groups are the (original) Doobie Brothers and the Beatles. Both my grown kids are successful in their perspective fields. I have no idea when Christ is coming to take me and the rest of His children home, but I’m ready when He comes. I am allergic to ragweed and onion grass. I despise beets and I gag when I eat boiled okra. I can not stand to see children or animals suffer. I’m left handed. In the last year I’ve cut my TV watching by about 80 percent. I was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa, a town of about 5,000.