About: Start Here

Who Am I?

I’m a husband, pastor, and bookworm in northwestern PA. I started this site as a platform for creating and curating solid resources that make for solid men and women of wisdom, virtue, discipline, and faith.

After studying theology and political philosophy in college, I attended Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, NC, where I received my Master of Divinity, as well as training with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Now, I’m a pastor in Pennsylvania, where I’m teaching and leading a congregation of believers as we strive to more faithfully know, love, and follow Christ. My wife and I enjoy playing music, serving our church together, going on adventures with friends, and discussing the permanent things in life.


Primary areas of interest and study include:
– Ethics
– Soteriology
– Biblical Masculinity and Femininity
– Biblical Theology of the Household
– Ecclesiology
– Political Philosophy and Conservatism
– Self Defense


How Can You Help Support My Work?

Praying — Life as a pastor is important, and sometimes rewarding; but it’s also difficult, draining, and at times disheartening. Your prayers for wisdom, endurance, peace, joy, gentleness, and discipline are greatly appreciated.

Sharing — If ever you read a post or page on this site that you think is worth anything, please share it on social media and get the word out! I’d love for this site to become a helpful resource for more people.

Following — If you’re on social media, follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I promise I won’t crowd your feed with pointless memes or updates about what I’m eating. My goal is to share and curate solid resources for people who are serious about growing in knowledge and wisdom! If you see something you appreciate, like and share it!

Shopping — I’m an affiliate of several sites I like or use frequently, such as Roman Roads Media (classical Christian school curriculum and resources), the Liberty Classroom (real American history), and Answers in Genesis. (You’ll also see other banners for products I recommend along the sidebar and in the footer, as well as a full list at the end of my resources page). What that means is that if you make any purchases through these links, I will get a small percentage of the price. This doesn’t cost you any extra, but is a simple and easy way to help support me little by little.

Supporting — You can support my work financially in two ways: give a one-time donation through PayPal here, or support monthly—and get extra content—by becoming a patron. Throughout church history, folks who provided theological resources to their communities were often supported by patrons (generous people who set aside some resources to free others up to devote time to ministerial work). Think of the women who funded Christ’s ministry (Luke 8:1-3), or Phoebe, who was “a patron to many,” including Paul (Romans 16:2). In those days, you had to be rich to be a patron. Not so anymore! Through Patreon’s platform, you can select the level of support of your choosing, and pitch in as little as a good latte a month to help support my research, writing, and curating of solid resources. Read the original post about it here, and, if you’re willing to support my work, become a patron here.


My wholehearted and unceasing longing is to, in some way, bring glory to Christ through my life. This blog is merely another platform for that endeavor. (Why blog? I can’t say it any better than Pastor Dan Phillips does here.) My hope is simply to challenge deep thinkers to become more passionate followers of Christ, and to exhort passionate followers of Christ to think more deeply about their faith.

The name “Ancient Paths” comes from Jeremiah 6:16, which reads, “stand at the crossroads and consider, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” I love the concept of finding and following the ancient paths—the good way. It alludes to the critical importance of having deep roots in the tradition and lessons of the past, and the reality that truth, goodness, and beauty, never change. I highly recommend these three articles, here, here, and here, which have provided additional inspiration for my blog and encouragement for my soul.

I owe a debt of gratitude, for much of the knowledge and passion I have, to my father and three older brothers, who have always been examples to me of leaders, disciples of Christ, loving husbands and fathers, defenders of the faith, and men of honor. Other major influences in my life include Thomas Aquinas, G.K. Chesterton, Richard Weaver, Roger Scruton, Gene Cunningham, Doug Bookman, John Chase, Paul Henebury, Voddie Baucham, Doug Wilson, and C.R. Wiley.


 

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