My online journey began in 1986 when my uncle Paul showed me the bulletin boards on GEnie’s ‘internet service’. His green monochrome monitor held an endless supply of conversations, from the meaningful to the mundane. I could both learn and teach anywhere in the world, with people I’d never met. Unbelievable! Fast forward to 1997, when I finally got online on my own. I only knew one website: Yahoo…and only because a TV newscast had it up on a monitor in the background. I got free email and those unlimited meaningful conversations I’d seen a decade earlier. Because I ended up being a pastor and a theology geek, the internet provided a great opportunity to meet people and to think carefully about my faith.
My Yahoo screen name was GeneralHavok. Yes, it was that long ago…I had capital letters in my screen name. I didn’t realize that I was an early adopter until people started emailing me to ask how they too could have capital letters in their screen names. Anyway, the Yahoo Religion boards were interesting. I quickly gained a reputation as a ‘tough guy’ there, and spent countless hours doing research to make sure that I knew what I was talking about.
Research produces content…and my only outlet was Yahoo. Rather than let the world miss out on all that apologetics goodness, I decided to put it on my own website. After a couple of years on free web space, I finally reserved godwords.org in 2001. It’s been an amazing ride. People from virtually every country in the world have visited my website, which is both gratifying and humbling. My collection of Ancient Documents is downloaded at least 50,000 times per year, which is surprising. Strangers email me to ask questions, and I try to keep up with answering them. I wish I had more time! I’ll try to answer a few easy ones here:
- No, we probably didn’t go to high school together.
- No, I don’t do bar mitzvahs.
- Yes, I do think I know it all.
- No, I’m not going to tell you everything.
- Dr Pepper.
- Yes, I do work out, as evidenced by my well-formed cloits. No, I’m not going to show you.
- I’m not fixated on denominations, even though I have one. I consider myself simply ‘a Christian’ as the Bible describes it.
- In addition to my many years with the circus, I attended Northwest Nazarene College (now NNU) in Nampa, Idaho where I studied Broadcasting, Religion, and Philosophy.
- Yes, you can ask me a question. I promise to read it, and even to try to answer it. Cash payoffs just might move your question to the top of the list.
I’m currently a freelance web designer, being the owner of Straight Street Design. Oddly, what was once a hobby is now my profession, and I’ve fallen into being something of a website expert. I also actively teach theology in my local church and am a devoted husband and father.
If you’re so inclined, you can read my story…how and why I became and remain a Christian.
About This Website
GodWords is a personal website, so it reflects my own thoughts and beliefs. You can learn about what I believe by reading my words, but it’s sometimes helpful to outline such things in a list. My beliefs about any particular topic are subject to revision at any time, so some of the things on this list reflect my current understanding and aren’t meant to be set in stone. If you have questions, let me know.
- What is your religion?
- I’m a Christian. I try to concern myself more with following Jesus than with adhering to any organization’s theology…so I study the New Testament and try to do what it says. At the same time, it’s almost impossible to remove the historic influence of those who have gone before us. I grew up in the Wesleyan tradition, and attend a church that leans a bit Reformed.
- What Bible do you use?
- I use whatever Bible is handy. Most of the time I use the NIV or ESV (for reading and teaching). When studying, I use the NASB with Greek and Hebrew translations for clarity. While a few Bibles are essentially biased interpretations of Scripture (Dake’s, for example), almost every modern Bible should be just fine for reading.
- Where do you stand on the controversial subjects of today?
- Abortion kills innocent human beings.
- The universe and the Earth are very old.
- Good science is a benefit. Bad science is a detriment.
- Our politics should reflect our theology, not the other way around.
I’ll add more as they come to mind. Let me know if you want specifics.