I am a child of the 60s, have a science education, work in software development, and live with my wonderful wife, Eva, in a tree-lined, hilly neighborhood in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Eva is the joy of my life and I wouldn't have anyone else. I'm the quiet introvert; she's the life of the party — and wherever she goes there's a party.
My literary achievements at age 9
I am blessed with my parents who live in Dallas as well as a brother, Biff, who lives a couple of hundred miles away. Biff and his wife have two children, Pixie and Princess. Pixie is 10 and has read all of the Harry Potter books and all of The Lord of the Rings series several times. You go, girl! When I was her age I was sweating through the tougher parts of Dick and Jane. Princess is 8 and likes to sing. She is especially good at singing loud.
Eva has a daughter named Evita that we're very proud of. Evita is like Eva on steroids. Eva also has 2 brothers, Bill and Bob, and a sister, Binky. There are also an assorted number of nieces and nephews, including Bill's precocious 12-year old son, Corky, who is destined for notoriety of some sort. I expect him to be a high-powered attorney or to start a company that accumulates vast amounts of loot. Other than Eva and myself, all of the names have been changed to protect the guilty.
Hobbies? Well, yeah, I have 'em. I put myself through high school and college as a musician but haven't done too much musically since the 1970s. Reading is a good thing and I especially enjoy religious philisophy and history.
I have been a Christian since age 8, but like many Christians, I went through a period of searching and introspection during my late teens and early twenties. I had no doubt that there was a God because I had seen his action in my life and the lives of others; the only problem was determining which religion was true. I ruled out most religions after a little bit of study and settled down to deciding between Judaism and Christianity. The answer to that question lay in the person of Jesus. After much study, much seeking, and much prayer, I came to the conclusion that Jesus was who he said he was —%nbsp;the one and only Son of God.
Thanks to many people who have been in my life, like Eva, my faith has been renewed and expanded over the past 10 years. I used to believe that there was a limit to how much God would intervene in our lives. After seeing, receiving, and being a vessel for many miracles, I now understand that God wants to be an intimate partner with us in our lives. The more I live that, the more I see God's handiwork.
I attend a non-denominational church and consider myself to be a conservative, charismatic, evangelical with an appreciation for liturgical worship as well as for get-down, dancin' in the aisles gospel music. I reject legalism and, though I believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are just as valid today as they were for the early church, I don't buy the legalistic notion that speaking in tongues (or joining a particular denomination or forever swearing off the demon rum) is some sort of requirement for being saved or is THE ONE AND ONLY sign that one has received the Holy Spirit. In fact, the only requirement for being saved is for one to accept that Jesus Christ died in our place for our sins. It's a gift that we can't work for. Seeking and doing the will of God must be the number one priority for Christians, and Jesus is the model for our lives.
Politically, I'm a conservative. My favorite columnists are Mark Steyn, James Lileks, and David Limbaugh. Though I will write a lot about politics, I'm not suffering under the delusion that there's a political solution to all of our problems. We can lobby for all the laws in the world but, for many social issues, people need to change their hearts first.