When I started this blog, I created a number of categories such as “Book Reviews,” “Historical Info,” “Travel,” “Thoughts on Life,” and others. However, I find that I hardly ever create posts for these categories, instead focusing on theological themes. I enjoy posting about theology, but want to also start posting about other things which interest me and which might interest you as well, or at least provide you the opportunity to hear about something new.
My plan, then, is to continue to post theologically-themed posts on Sundays. For my mid-week posts, though, I’ll try to expand the types of topics I post on.
I thought I’d start, then, with a little bit more about me personally. I grew up in an Army family and therefore moved around every three years or so. I’ve lived in Missouri, Germany, Hawaii, Virginia, Kansas, and Georgia. In my working career, I’ve also traveled to most of the U.S. states as well as most Western European countries along with China and Russia. I graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in International Affairs, from Troy University with an M.S. in International Relations, and from Concordia Seminary St. Louis with a pastoral certificate. I went to seminary through the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program from 2010 to 2014, and was ordained on Fathers’ Day 2012.
My hobbies include running, reading, fishing, gardening, and traveling. This weekend, in fact, I’m running with a couple friends in a 7 mile run in an active rock quarry here in Georgia (in Norcross, GA). I’ve also run in the Disney World Marathon, the Publix Georgia Marathon, and a number of shorter races. I’m not that fast; I’m pretty consistent in finishing in the middle of the pack, but I enjoy it.
I started writing books a few years ago, because I felt there was a need for books which provided a “bigger picture” view of the Christian faith; that led to On This Rock and The Christian Story. I also have an interest in early Church history, so I’ve been working on commentaries on various works of that period such as Tertullian’s Apology and Justin Martyr’s two Apologies; currently, I’m working on Athenagoras.
One of my other interests is vintage computing. Last year I bought a Commodore 64 and Commodore 128. As a kid I had a Commodore 64 as my first computer; in fact, my Dad bought it for our family at the Army PX in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. I was happy to be able to get a Commodore 64 again. It’s over 30 years old (as is the monitor, disk drive, tape drive, and most of the software), but it works great.
So, if you’ll indulge me, I’ll start posting more mid-week posts about some of these other topics while keeping theologically-themed posts coming regularly on Sundays. Also, if you like this blog and would like to support it, please consider becoming a sponsor at Patreon here: www.patreon.com/aaronsimms
(Image: Papakolea Green Sand Beach in Hawaii)