Would it be pretentious of me to talk about myself on my own website? It certainly feels that way.
Maybe it’s because I’m an introvert. Sitting in the corner of the room trying my best to be ignored feels like the natural order of things. Please don’t mistake me for an anti-social misanthrope. I love people. I try my best anyhow. It’s just that God designed me only to speak when spoken to, and he made me remarkably ungifted at small talk.
Are you ready for the punchline? God also led me to become a church pastor.
I’m a pastor.
For more than a decade now, my vocation has involved listening to people’s problems, discussing sin and the Savior with strangers, and speaking for forty minutes at a time with all eyes on me. Moses, I’ve never chatted with a burning bush, but God and I once had a similar conversation.
God was right, by the way. He made my mouth which he fills as he pleases.
Since I know you’re curious, I’m Reformed Baptist.
I believe in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Though it defies even the most clever explanations and analogies, these three Persons are one.
Jesus was born of a virgin, died to save us from our sin, rose from the dead, now sits at the right hand of God, and will one day return to judge the world. In the meantime, God sovereignly rules, and the Spirit is providentially at work here on earth.
In short, I agree with the finer points of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. It may be old, but it remains a priceless summary of my biblical convictions.
I’m a transcriptionist.
When I’m not “making skeletons out of verses” for Joy Christian Church—that’s how Charles Spurgeon once described his sermon preparation—I’m gleaning from the fields of other men. In other words, I listen to a lot of sermons. It’s literally my business.
The launch of Sermon Transcription Services is what happens when a former web designer joins the ministry. Why not use the power of the Internet to communicate the gospel to more people? I thought. But I also knew that audio recordings could never be as effective as text.
Think about it.
Google can’t crawl and index MP3 files. People can’t skim them which most of us are prone to do online. They’re not searchable. You can’t even copy and paste them to newsletters, emails, and social networks. Unless pastors and churches convert their sermons into text, missed opportunities will pile as high as heaven.
Your church already has a website and Facebook page. You publish sermons and create fancy graphics to match. It’s a good start. Now when you’re ready to turn your efforts up to eleven, see me.
If nothing else, tell your friends about my service. My wife and I thank you because every client helps us to afford the luxuries we’ve grown accustomed to such as food and clothing.
I’m a husband.
Speaking of my wife, she deserves special mention here. As I once told her, “You are everything I never wanted.” (It sounded more romantic in my head.) What I meant was, I could have never expected to find someone so perfect before God brought her into my life. She raised the bar significantly.
My wife is a Proverbs 31 woman and then some. God uses her daily to make me a better man, disciple, and pastor. Lord knows I need it.
In case you’re wondering what my wife would say about me, she claims that I’m just like the beloved television character, Dr. Gregory House (if he were not a pill-popping atheist, that is). I’d like to assume she’s referring to my rugged good looks and mysterious nature, but I have a suspicion that she’s calling me a curmudgeon.
I’m a writer.
I fill that tiny space in my schedule between Bible study and transcribing sermons with time spent writing. You’ll find me in a quiet place somewhere, probably at my desk or in an Adirondack chair on the patio, tapping away on my laptop.
Maybe I’m composing the next great American novel or perhaps a brilliant blog post destined for virality. Or maybe not. It doesn’t matter much because I don’t consider my passion for writing a means to an end. If an author doesn’t enjoy his craft without fame and fortune, it’s not writing that he loves.
Sincerely, though often sarcastic,