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I grew up on a small farm in North Texas, the son of a carpenter and a schoolteacher. I am a husband, a father of two children, a writer, a preacher and a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). I received my master’s in divinity in 2011 from Brite Divinity School and embarked on a second career in full-time ministry, coming from a journalism background. I write from a Presbycentric point of view about faith and life, and I try to find the divine in the ordinary. The name of this blog comes from The Confession of 1967, which states in its opening line that “the church confesses its faith when it bears a present witness to God’s grace in Jesus Christ.”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2012 7:35 pm

    Consider me a fan. I wanna come give my Mister Rogers sermon/lecture to your folks in Grapevine, whoever they are.

  2. Paul Richard Strange, SR permalink
    June 22, 2012 9:40 am

    I am a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Waxahachie. We have a common friend, Pastor Lucia!

  3. June 23, 2012 1:58 am

    Paul: So glad to have you as a member at CPC. I am a big Lucia fan! I often tell people that she prayed me right in to Brite Divinity School, which is literally true. You will be happy to know that she will preach at my installation, Sept. 16 at CPC.

  4. Paul Richard Strange, SR permalink
    June 23, 2012 5:35 am

    That’s great!

  5. Paul Richard Strange, SR permalink
    June 23, 2012 5:53 am

    I served two small Cumberland Presbyterian Churches as a supply pastor and was strongly urged by a number of folks to attend Brite. A last minute glitch occurred and there became indicators that the will of God might not be ordination, although I did enjoy my one semester in seminary. Now, I believe that I was born to be a social worker and am enrolled in the UTA Fort Worth Center to complete their 2 year MSSW program two nights a week. My job as a Rehab Tech at the Dallas VA HomelessDomiciliary has proven to be a ministry.

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