As much as I dislike talking (or in this case, writing) about myself, the Bio page is usually one of the first things I look for in a blog. I want to know who is writing it, what their credentials are, and why I might be interested in what they think. So assuming that you have similar questions about me, here are some tidbits.
I grew up in Southern California, the fourth of five siblings (two boys, three girls). Dad was an aerospace engineer, and Mom, after raising us kids, became the bookkeeper at her church. My wife and I have lived in California, Colorado, Oregon (briefly), and now Washington. We’ve been married for over 30 years. We have no children, and we’re OK with that.
After attending public schools through high school, I received a bachelor of arts degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. I double-majored in Religious Studies (essentially theology), and New Testament Greek and Exegesis. I’ve recently finished an online course in Classical Greek. I’ve also done some course work in computer programming and American Sign Language.
I worked in retail for many years, mostly in a Christian bookstore, where I met my wife. For a (thankfully) short time, I also sold shoes. I’ve done computer technical support and programming. I am now a technical writer, working mostly on maintenance instructions for factory equipment, but I’ve also written software documentation and office procedures. For one summer many years ago, I was an interpretor for the deaf, and I once consulted briefly on a proposed new translation of the New Testament. And I’ve done my share of delivering newspapers and washing dishes.
Values and interests
I believe that the most important things a person can do are:
- Embrace what is true.
Live with integrity.
That, of course, requires knowing (or at least believing you know) what is true, and to that end I enjoy reading anything that helps me explore the intersection of faith and science. Science is the most productive method of learning about the physical universe. Ever since I was old enough to look up at the stars and marvel at the vastness of the universe, I have been enthralled by what science has revealed to us, and what it continues to find.
But I believe that life is best lived in a proper relationship with God. Obviously, not everyone agrees with that—and we will certainly explore that in later posts—but my belief in that is why understanding the intersection between the physical universe studied by science, and spiritual life with God is so important to me. These are to me the most fundamental aspects of reality and truth. And the better I understand these realms of truth, the better I can embrace them and live in them with integrity.
When I’m not exploring the fundamental nature of reality, I try to do a little woodworking.
I am quiet and introverted, in the best sense of that word. According to Myers-Briggs, I’m an INTJ (although on the second scale I’m really borderline between N and S).
I’m not fond of speaking in groups—writing is much more to my taste, because it gives me time to vet my thoughts before I publicize them.