I am privileged to be a new part of the SIWO family. I would like to begin by telling all a bit about myself and my writing. I reside in a small abode in the small town of Beatrice, Nebraska, U.S.A. I consider myself a Christian, Husband, and Father, in that order.
I became a born-again Christian in 1975 while serving in the United States Army at Ft. Hood, Texas. I was saved through reading the gospels one evening after leaving a party intoxicated at the age of 19. By the time I got through John, I came to the LORD Jesus in prayer and He came into my life.
Since then I have walked a road not as straight as it should have been, but Jesus has walked with me always.
I have been husband to by bride Linda since July 14, 1984. For 34 years she has been my steadfast, supporting and loving companion. I am forever thankful to the LORD for her.
She is a true gift from God to me. She has always been willing to follow wherever God has led us. She has given me the best example of a true prayer warrior I have ever known.
I have the treasure of two adult children, Thomas and Rebecca. They are both close in proximity and more importantly to our hearts.
The experience of fatherhood has been the blessing and trial of my life. I think that parenthood has given me a better perspective on God as the Father, and I am grateful for His gifts and love and help along the path of fatherhood.
I first followed a definite calling from God in 1989. I pursued that calling to minister as a pastor first to seminary. I graduated in 1993 with a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Interpretation and Theology.
I entered the pastorate in the very tiny town of Raritan, Illinois at Raritan Baptist Church. It was a hamlet of just 157 people. After four years there, I was called to First Baptist Church in Beatrice, Nebraska.
After 20 years in the pulpit with two churches in Nebraska, I retired almost two years ago to follow my current calling as a writer.
Along the way, I also became a direct support caregiver for mentally and physically disabled adults. I have worked there for the past 12 years. This is another occupation where I can minister to others even as they do to me.
Writing is my passion and current calling from God. My desire is to bring the truth of God’s Word to the news and issues of the day. My website where I publish is tiljournalism.com and the publication is the TIL Journal.
TIL stands for “truth in love.” The words are taken from the New Testament.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ… Ephesians 4:15 [ESV]
I model my efforts after the admonition of 20th Century Theologian Karl Barth.
“Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.”
These days, “newspapers” publish in multiple forms and the online platform is the fastest growing of them all. I hope to inspire and instruct others in the art and science of interpreting the news from the Bible.
Things to Come
The avenue of writing is not limited to my posts and articles. I am continuing work on a fiction piece which is turning into a novel. The LORD has impressed this work on my heart as well.
I have and will continue to compose other works as the LORD leads in areas such as poetry, devotions and perhaps Biblical quips and studies in the future. I hope to be a worthy contributor to the SIWO family for the future. I pray for many blessings to all of you from the LORD as He leads us all.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles 2001
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I am a retired pastor and freelance writer. I have been married to my bride, Linda, for 34 amazing years. We have two children, a son Thomas, and a daughter Rebecca. I strive to be the best husband, father, writer and servant of my LORD Jesus possible.
I write about all kinds of subjects with a continuing interest in religion, politics, science, culture and sports.