The one thing I am passionate about...
My mission, as I see it now, is, "To (1) expand, (2) unite, and (3) equip the Christian community in a way that makes them attractive to the surrounding unsaved individuals." Almost all activities I'm currently involved in can fall into one of those three categories.
I typically spend my leisure time
I enjoy playing live Irish music in an open session at a restaurant once a week. Sometimes at home, I'll play contemporary Christian music on the guitar. On a less frequent level (due to my schedules), I enjoy ice skating and going on an afternoon / early evening hike. More regularly, I like to walk around a park.
The most influential person in my life has been
ENTHUSIASM. I greatly appreciate people who have a joyful/peaceful spirit that stems from their confidence and conviction of their beliefs... assuming, of course, that I share those beliefs. ;)
The first thing people notice about me
The smile / lively demeanor, and the way I keep the conversation alive with questions.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I read at least one new book per month, so this comment will be out of date quickly. I recently read "Seven Men Who Rule The World From The Grave", which recognized seven major philosophers who didn't have an active following when they were alive, but whose teachings are taken for granted and naturally assumed by many in our modern culture. I like how it makes the reader aware of the roots of the common philosophy, so they can consciously reject those teachings and take a paradigm shift back to the Christian perspective. Most books that I read are involving personal development, optimism, spirituality, patriotism, leadership &/or business.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- Salvation from my own shortcomings
- Free enterprise / freedom of religion
- Knowledge giving roots to my faith
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
A standard that strangers don't always notice right away is how right-wing my philosophy and politics are. I'm very conversational, so people occasionally feel open to saying what's on their mind, even if it's quite opposite to my own mindset (i.e., it's left-wing/liberal). I rarely take it personally, but I don't feel comfortable hearing comments against someone I respect. So it's a 50/50 whether I WISH they would know what I think about politics & religion (to avoid talking in opposition), and whether I'm GLAD they don't know what I think (for the safety of the conversation and long-term influence).
Friends Describe me as
Creative, Optimistic, Passionate, Spiritual
A little more about me
I particularly enjoy studying Christian apologetics as a hobby (Reasons to Believe, Discovery Institute, etc.), even though I don't have a background in science or archaeology (just philosophy in general).