I'm a walking Mark 4 cliche. I turned away from God and went what I thought was my own way more than once. Like many of my colleagues on this site, I was raised in a Christian home and became reactionary when faced---in my precociousnesses---with what I thought to be "higher" or "more beautiful" truths than Christ. How was I to be disappointed with what the world had to offer.
I grew up in a small-middling Appalachian town, but had the opportunity to travel abroad and experience other cultures during my educational formative years. These experiences didn't just chip away at my faith, they destroyed it (or so I thought!). Staying in school for as long as we "academics" do, too, reinforced what increasingly became my preconceptions about the nature of reality and my place in it. In hindsight, He used those times in my life as models of distorted truths that my later Christ-convictions and revelations would replace as Truth. But it wasn't until I offered (not willingly, of course) what He ultimately requires of us all---a broken spirit---that those insights came. Out of the brokenness He's continued to reshape and reform me. Years later, I now truly understand what it means to be a born again Christian.
One of the most humbling thoughts I can muster about God's ways is that He is always *and* simultaneously judging, redeeming, and using His children in the fulfillment of His perfect Will.
To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable in others, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. -C.S. Lewis, "The Weight of Glory"
spending time w/my wife Mott and our dogs (Bigfoot and Fuzzle), reading, watching baseball
Fantasy dinner guests
any of the 12 Apostles, C.S. Lewis
I study how metaphor (and figurative language/imagery in general) is pedagogically employed. In my field that means exploring ways in which metaphor can be used to teach a variety of media courses in order to cultivate critical thinking, creativity, and even empathy. When people ask why I am interested in metaphor in pedagogy, I tell them it's because my Teacher used it quite often 🙂
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