I am married to Cyndy. We have two sons. Our older son died in 2009. Our younger son and his wife moved to Maui, Hawaii, following his discharge from the Marines.
I have wanted to be a priest since elementary school. As many do, however, I took the longer road. Before going to seminary I practiced law for fifteen years. My formal education includes:
+ BS, University of Texas at El Paso, 1982;
+ JD, Texas Tech University School of Law, 1985;
+ MDiv, The School of Theology, University of the South – Sewanee, 2003; and
+ DMin, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 2012.
Though my life is active I try to live contemplatively with silence, stillness, and solitude. I try to base all that I do and am in a life of prayer and study. I am drawn towards desert, monastic, and mystical spiritualities. My theology has been deeply formed by the patristic tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy. I seek to stand at the intersection of Episcopal breadth and Orthodox depth.
Why the title Interrupting the Silence? St. John of the Cross, a 16th century mystic and poet, says that silence is God’s first language. My life of prayer and study are attempts, through God’s grace and blessing, to become fluent in this language. Who, then, am I to interrupt the silence, to interrupt God with my words?
I read somewhere that if our words will not contribute to the silence then we should say nothing. I offer my words, interrupting the silence, with the hope that somehow they might contribute to the silence. And when they do not I offer them as my confession with the hope of forgiveness.
The words I offer are my own, though not always original with me. They do not necessarily represent the views of the parish I serve, the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, the Episcopal Church, or any other group or organization.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord.”
– Psalm 19:14
God’s peace be with you,