It has been a distinct pleasure following and interacting with the folks here at Christians in Context, so it was no small surprise to be invited on as a guest blogger recently. . . and by that I mean it was a huge surprise, in case I'm using my words not good. My name is Jared Totten and I'll be pestering you with a few of my thoughts over the next couple months.
Sooo, a little about me: I am first and foremost a sinner saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, his work on the cross, and his power over death in resurrection. Lest that sound trite, I am not worthy of it (by definition or experience) and do not reflect adequate glory to God for it. Truth be told, I am a pretty pathetic "little Christ" much of the time, and ask to be reminded every so often if I start sounding inflated in the head. Even so, I press on with faltering steps to honor him who loved me while I was still an enemy and fully involved in seeking my own glory.
Omaha, Nebraska is home. I moved here in 2000 to attend Grace University (I later graduated). I started a rock band here (I later quit). I met my wife-to-be here (I later married her, but I guess that was self-explanatory). I am a worship leader at a young church plant here. I am a brand new father of a baby girl. I am an avid reader and occasionally even grasp what I'm reading. I am a bard/poet/warrior. OK, that last one isn't real . . . yet, but if it can occur vicariously through what I read, it will happen soon enough. C'mon literary osmosis.
I've been asked to join the CiC community to fill a void here. I can only assume that would be the void of people reading more than they can take in, writing poorly, and occasionally drooling on themselves when they nap. I do love to read (and nap). My book-purchasing abilities currently outpace my book-reading abilities. I will be posting on my ongoing struggle to bring these two entities into balance. That means book reviews.
My weaknesses are bacon cheeseburgers, Star Wars lore, football, a good rock show, coffee with cream and sugar, new book smell, movies that make you think, movies that make you stupid, theological discussions, microbreweries, John Piper, and new socks. Side note: on no other list anywhere will you find John Piper sandwiched between those two items.
Don't worry. I'm not always this ADHD (undiagnosed as of yet). But I must stop now because I have too much left to say. Oh yeah. I love irony, too.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. - Hebrews 10:23,24