Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.
After ten years practicing law and another fourteen teaching at universities in Saint Louis, Missouri, I was invited to teach American law at Handong Global University in Pohang, Korea. In these posts, I'll recount experiences and lessons learned during my life abroad @ Handong.
I am very excited to be called in Spring 2015 to serve as the interim pastor of the English Ministry congregation at the Korean Presbyterian Church in St. Louis.
For the past five years, I served as a associate professor of American Law at Handong University in Pohang, Korea. Before my years serving in Korea, I also taught as a senior lecturer in Ethics, Law, and Religion at Fontbonne University and as an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Missouri Baptist University. While teaching, I also served as an associate pastor with West Hills Church and Grace Bible Chapel.
And prior to teaching and ministry, I practiced law in St. Louis with Lewis Rice and Belz & Jones for ten years. I earned a M.A. in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2004 and a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1986. I also studied Theology and Culture at Concordia Seminary.
My wife Sandy and I have been married for 36 years and have four grown children -- Caleb, Thea, Hannah and Justin, and four grandchildren -- Taya, Maya, Aydan and Atreya.
Since it is now, in this moment, the morning of the 15th of January here at Handong in Korea, i am sending the Happiest of Birthday Wishes to the most amazingly grace-gifted woman, friend, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, Registered Nurse, Physical-Therapist-Assistant, baby-sitter, elder-care giver, piano-teacher to her grand daughters, Sunday School teacher of the Deaf, home re-modeler, "pioneer-woman", and Sign-Language (both American and Korean) Interpreter (just to begin to describe her), i now know or will ever know. i love you, Honey!
"The real danger for professing believers lies not in the more glaring and grosser temptations and sins, but in a slow deteriortation of vision, a slow death to daring, courage and a willingness to adventure." ~ J.B. Phillips
"Purity of heart is to will one thing." ~ Soren Kierkegaard