In my house: In 1997 I married Rachel Hawkins, and we set out to serve Jesus, love each other and start a family. All these years later we are still enjoying that same mission. We have four children, Adison, Obi, Ruthie Belle, and Hawkins. We really enjoy all things outdoors: hiking, canoeing, camping, hunting and fishing, so living in South Carolina’s upstate is like a playground for us.
In my hands: I usually have a few books in my hands at any given time. This year I am leading several members through Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee. I am also enjoying Xealots by Dave Gibbons, Killing Lions by Eldredge, and The Comtemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson.
In my ears: My musical tastes are pretty broad. Currently I am enjoying a Hillsong United and Jason Upton on my playlist. I am a lifelong lover of country music, old school rap, and classic rock. On the podcast front, I regularly listen to 9Marks, T4G, Matt Chandler, and 99% Invisible. In the last several months, I have not been listening to many sermons; I have gotten in the habit of reading Spurgeon’s sermons instead (www.spurgeon.org).
In my heart: I am of the opinion that a singular passion for Jesus to receive the reward for His suffering orders the lives of His people. Additionally, from within that passion all other passions receive their fullest and most vibrant colors. I seek, not always successfully, to build my life around that truth: Passionate Faith, Priority of Family, Personal Focus, Professional Fidelity, and Purposeful Friendships.
In recent years I have found the book of Colossians to be a challenge and a blessing in the second chapter Paul wrote, "Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."I have so much to be thankful for. I am blessed beyond words to have a Savior, as family, friends, and a great church to lead.
In my shop: I am enjoying becoming a knife maker. I have always loved knives. I've carried and collected them for as long as I can remember. A few years ago I set a goal for myself to learn to shrapen a knife to a hair-popping level and that led to making a knife. I have been a involved in this craft for two years and have designed and made a hand full of knives. It is a great hobby and a place for creativity and sweat to meet up and produce something cool.