Showing posts with label Personal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personal. Show all posts

Friday, December 31, 2010


I am pastor of Old Prospect, a Baptist Church that meets near Mt. Enterprise, TX. My wife and I have two adult children and one grandchild. I was ordained to the ministry in 1983, am a tent-making minister and work in the education industry. In addition to family, church and work, I am active in Sacred Harp singing and write songs in this style. I am the former editor of a Baptist newsletter styled The Baptist Waymark and currently co-editor of The Trumpet.

Two important mentors to me were Louis Asher and J. W. Griffith, both of whom were once my pastor. They were historians and seminary professors who had much to do with nurturing my predisposition toward things historical. Though I rejected the seminary path as outside the pale of New Testament orthopraxy, I hold them in very high esteem as men, preachers, teachers and historians. Above all in the flesh, I honor my father as the great influence in my life.


A Sheaf of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 2009
A History of Smyrna Baptist Church 1873-2008, (with J. W. Griffith) 2009
A Better Paradigm for the Study of Baptist History?, (with Nathan Finn, Mark Osgatharp) 2009
Materials Toward a History of Feet Washing among the Baptists, 2008
Minutes of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Rusk County, Texas: Oct 1868--Nov 1871, 2006
Approaching 150: a Brief History of the East Texas Musical Convention, 2005


•Georgia Baptist Historical Society
•J. H. Spencer Historical Society
•Texas Baptist Historical Society
•(lapsed member of the) Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies

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The purpose of this blog is glorify Jesus Christ while posting thoughts about things that interest me. The main themes of the blog, based on my interests, will be the Bible and Baptists, songs, hymns and history. Announcements, current events and such like will creep in from time to time.

Foundational truths
All fundamental doctrines grow from two foundational truths -- that God is and that He has revealed Himself in the sixty-six books we call the Holy Bible. God is. The Bible is inspired.

Fundamental doctrines
All things were created by and exist by God, who reveals Himself as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The work of God in the world through Jesus Christ is the central truth of the Bible.
Salvation is a need of man and a work of God.
The gospel is how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
The gospel is to be preached throughout the world.
The Son of God was born into this world of a virgin, lived sinlessly in the flesh, died on the cross and rose from the grave. He has promised to return again.

(If you wish to know more, please contact me by e-mail.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Thanks for visiting Seeking the Old Paths. I welcome interaction from our readers. I'd like to hear your perspective. I try to run a "free speech" blog so folks can exchange their ideas without fear of being censored or blocked. But a few "rules" are in order. Please keep the following in mind:

1) All are free to share. It is best to keep your comments reasonably short. This encourages the conversation rather than hinders it, and is a blessing to busy readers.

2) Be respectful of others -- even if you have a strong disagreement with them. It's OK to disagree but try not to be too disagreeable! Don't "flame". A flame is an attack on someone personally. Keep your discussion on a high plane about the Scriptures or other relevant subject matter, and on topic. Avoid ad hominem arguments.

3) Please use an upper case “G” when speaking about different Christian perspectives of God. Do not write “the god of Arminians or the god of Calvinists.” God in the Bible is a proper name, whether you agree with the other commenter or not.

4) Stay on topic. I won't be censoring topic-specificity if you don't violate a couple of important rules; but an on-topic discussion is more fruitful. Vigorous on-topic debate, beneficial information, and intelligent discussion are welcomed.

5) I reserve the right to remove any comment for any reason or no reason. That is: my blog, my reasons! But if you are nice, all will go well. The only comments subject to immediate deletion will be cursing, explicit language, spam, links to vile material, and over-the-top accusations against fellow commenters. Spam comments will be removed, including spam links to other sites and blogs. Comments that are irrelevant advertisements will be removed. Links to verification of information you cite are welcomed.

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7) I prefer that questions for me that are unrelated to the post topic be handled by email. Clicking on “About” in the header will take you to a page with my email link.

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