I’m a busy person. I don’t like it. I homeschool my kids. I’m working on a 2nd Master’s degree. I cook most of the meals my family eats. We have co-op on Mondays and occupational therapy on Thursday. It’s a lot, and a lot of people ask how we’re able to do everything we have going on. To be honest, I’m not sure what to tell them. But, I’ll walk you through what I do know about managing time. Continue reading “Time Management”
I have an old roommate from college; we just got back in contact after a few years of us doing our own thing. Every time we talk, he says something to the effect of, “You’ve been in school the whole time I’ve known you.” The sad part? He’s right. I’ve been an adult for 16 years. For eleven of those, I’ve been in school one way or another. And I’m going back for more. Continue reading “On continuing education”
I am southern, and I am from the country. Our (mobile) home was surrounded on 3 sides by farmland and the other was a swamp. Everything was 20 minutes away, except for the corner store my grandpa’s brother ran. Blue jeans and boots and flannel shirts weren’t a grunge fashion trend for us, it was work clothes. My neck has been red from working in the hot sun all day.
- I’ve worked in fields, picking beans, checking watermelons, squash, zucchini, and cucumbers.
- I grew up on Johnny Cash, both Hank Williams (Hank III notwithstanding), Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and all the country music.
- As a kid (and maybe still as an adult), I have watched professional wrestling in just my underpants, sweating into the couch and cheering for Ric Flair.
- I have cursed General William Tecumseh Sherman for burning our beautiful homeland.
- I devoured Mark Twain’s colorful stories of life that hasn’t changed much in the 125 years or so since he wrote.
- I have celebrated my southern heritage my entire life. I thought I knew all about my culture and what that entailed, from tailgating (I’ve even done so at church after service) to cooking barbecue to bow ties and khaki shorts and red Solo cups.
That is,until a couple of weeks ago. A colleague of mine posted an article quoting Flannery O’Connor. In addition to confirming my fears and suspicions about ministry in the South, it also opened my eyes to a part of my culture that I had neglected: diversity in literature.
(Today’s post is a look behind the curtain. Sometimes, I have trouble remembering deadlines need help brainstorming. So, on a fateful day earlier this week, I heard a song that piqued my interest…and then my disdain. As a couple of us talked about this song, it reminded us of other songs. Hope you enjoy it.) Continue reading “Parsing the Pop”
So, this month’s overall theme is enjoying the great outdoors. I don’t do outside. I don’t fish, though I used to be real good at sitting in a boat and drinking beer (7 years sober!). I don’t hike, even when my hip worked. One thing I do enjoy, however, is grilling. There’s something about meat (and veggies) and fire in a controlled environment. And I am a grilling rock star*, BOW BEFORE ME, PEONS!!!! But, I’m also usually broke. How do we grill on a budget? Continue reading “Grilling on a Budget”
Not only am I a minister, I’m also a professor of Church History and Apologetics at a small missions college. Today’s post is an open letter that I wish I could send to all of my students, though I’m not sure how many of them will read this. They were my first class, and now their time is ending.
Continue reading “A Letter to my Students”
One of the services I’ll be providing for New Life’s blog is book reviews. I have several in the works, but I’m very excited about this first one.
While I spend a lot of time reading comics and working with my kids, I also have an intellectual side that craves knowledge. That craving for knowledge led me to teach Church History. There are so many things that have been lost to the Church, primarily because those in charge (first the Roman Catholic Church, then whatever arm of Protestantism was prevalent in your region) silenced their competition by banning and burning books and sometimes people…okay, usually people along with the books.
Continue reading “Book Review: The Celtic Way of Evangelism”