My first passion in life was music. I began studying piano at the age of six and continue playing and composing music to this day. I was also raised as a Christian in rural Michigan and had an early interest in going into ministry. Unfortunately, as I proceeded through public school, I lost that interest in ministry, and I think I know why. Beginning in sixth grade, I had teachers that began to argue against Christianity in their classes. I remember distinctly my sixth grade social studies teacher knocking the hypocrisy of Christians that behaved wickedly. Then in seventh grade a science teacher that argued that Christians were scientifically ignorant and willfully so. Then in ninth grade a history teacher that told us that "Christianity is a crutch for weak people." This sort of assault on my beliefs, and that of those other Christians in the room, was normal in my hometown. We typically had at least one teacher every year that made a priority of demeaning the Christian faith in one way or another. Some of us would try to defend the faith periodically and fight the good fight, but we always were outmatched and always lost.
I really liked science in school and was always a strong student in math and science, but I lost interest in that too. After years of hearing from my science teachers that I couldn't believe what I was being taught in Sunday School and being told by some of my Sunday School teachers that I shouldn't listen to my science teachers, I just gave up. It wasn't worth it being pulled apart like that. I gave up my interest in both and turned to music alone. To be clear, I don't blame those that challenged my faith. Faith should be challenged. All beliefs should be. And if those beliefs can't stand up to the scrutiny, they should be abandoned. While I'm not confident that the attacks on kids' faith were appropriate, I'm not upset with those teachers. On the contrary, I'm so grateful for them because they ultimately gave me so much motivation to grow in my faith and to share that growth with others. I am very thankful for that. I only wish I'd had decent responses in those times when my beliefs were challenged. Now I do.
It wasn't until three years ago that my passion for science and faith was revived when I heard a radio interview with Dr. Hugh Ross (Reasons to Believe), and I've not looked back since. I've been ravenously consuming various apologetics resources ever since. I've even had the pleasure of teaching a couple of classes on the subject, and I've seen the positive impact that it can have on the lives of people who, like me, had never encountered these materials before.
On this site we will explore those materials that attempt to shed light on the interface of faith and various disciplines like science, history, philosophy, music, art, and more. If you have an interest in these disciplines or, like me, have struggled to be able to respond to the challenges to the Christian faith, this site will be a blessing to you. If you're a skeptic that has accepted that the Christian faith is less than true, I'm so glad you're here, and I can't wait to get to share our ideas with one another. Please reach out. No questions are off-limits.
Thank you for being here, whoever you are. Please connect with me on your experiences and your thoughts. I look forward to getting to know you and finding ways in which we can grow and learn from one another. God bless.