About the Author
I am a graduate of Harding University and am working as a Youth & Family Minister at the Mitchell Church of Christ in Mitchell, Indiana. I have a wonderful wife of 10 years, two amazing sons, two dogs, and three cats.
One of the greatest experiences of my life was the semester my wife and I spent in Greece which also included trips to Egypt and Israel. Meeting and interacting with people of different faiths and cultures has been a life-changing experience which I will never forget. God's love and power is so much greater than we often give him credit.
I try to base my life and ministry around Galatians 5:6 where Paul says, "What really matters is faith working through love."
I am an avid reader, a critical movie watcher, and a student of culture. Most of all, I am a disciple of Christ going into the world to make new disciples.
Questions from the Teens
I asked the teens in my youth group what things they wanted to know about me. These are their questions and my answers.
What's your middle name?
The N. stands for Nathan.
What would you do if you weren't a youth minister?
I would honestly consider becoming a high school English teacher or college English professor. I've always loved the language arts, and my favorite teachers were my literature teachers.
What's your best childhood memory?
My parents made traveling a priority (they still do!) when I was a kid. We went on a lot of road trips to see family or to just see different parts of the country. I remember a family road trip up to New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. We also took a road trip out West to see Yellowstone, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and other stuff. I'm really glad I was able to see those places when I was younger.
Do you like Uplift or Winterfest better?
It's really hard to compare those two events. They're just so different, and they each have their pros and cons. Winterfest is great because it's in Gatlinburg, and there are thousands of people there, and we can take a bigger group on that weekend trip. But overall I think we get more out of Uplift spiritually and socially.
What's your favorite...
It's hard to say one favorite, so I'll list several - Weezer, Relient K, Skillet, Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, Walk Off The Earth, Sleeping at Last, Blink 182, Newfound Glory, MXPX, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Sum 41, that's enough for now...
...Animated Disney movie?
It doesn't get much better than The Lion King, but I also really liked Moana.
...Type of candy?
Coffee Nut M&Ms and Dark Chocolate Reese's Cups
My style is almost exclusively Gap and Old Navy.
Blue, followed by Maroon and Teal - paired with Gray as my neutral base (I think about this a lot...)
I'm a huge fan of fantasy novels, and as good as the modern authors are, it's hard to compete with the series that started it all - The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien.
I don't drink sodas anymore. The closest I get is a La Croix or something. But when I did drink sodas, I loved Dr. Pepper and A&W Root Beer (or IBC if that was an option).
I really enjoy hiking/trail running if you consider that a hobby.
I'd probably have to go with the Green Bay Packers.
Marvel or DC?
Marvel has better movies (obviously), but DC has better TV shows and more intriguing characters. I'm a fan of both.
If you could have the same super power as any Marvel superhero, what would it be?
Honestly, I think Loki has the best overall set of powers. I know he's not exactly a hero, but the number of things he can do is quite impressive. It would be cool to impersonate others, to cast images of myself elsewhere, to persuade people to do what I want them to (especially other drivers!).
Theme Verse - Daniel 1:20
"Whenever the king consulted them on anything, on books or on life, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom put together." (The Message)
God's people should be culture changers. There is no reason we should not be intellectually on par with the most schooled atheistic scientists and philosophers. Just as Daniel and his friends were able to provide answers, Christians should be providing answers to the toughest questions that can be thrown at us. And our answers should be ten times greater than those offered by the world.
In verse 17 we're told that God gave them understanding of all types of literature and learning. I pray that I may be able to receive the same blessing from God.
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