Welcome to HeggThought! Here you can read my weekly blog, think some daily thoughts with me, view my latest newspaper columns, purchase one of my books, and see where I'm speaking next. My prayer is that we can journey on toward maturity in Christ together. Welcome!
My Story ... I was raised in a pastor’s family in Spokane, WA. After graduating from Los Angeles Baptist College (Now The Master’s University) I married my best friend Cherylyn. Our three children are all grown, married well, in love with Christ and serving his church.
My studies include a M.A. in theology from Western Baptist Seminary, and a D.Min in preaching from Westminster Theological Seminary in California. I have served as an adjunct faculty member at The Master’s College since 1994 teaching theology, Old and New Testament, and Ethics. Currently I teach Theology 1, and Sermon Prep and Delivery, and love having interaction with the next generation of gospel preachers.
I am passionate about God's Word and believe the greatest need in the church today is for pastors to preach the Bible the way it was written. That is, to recognize the beginning place of meaning is determining what the original author intended the original readers to understand from the words he used. When we get their meaning right, we can bring God's inspired truth to our world, relying on the Spirit to use it in transforming ways.
My hobbies include spending time with Cherylyn, watching soccer, cooking, reading, and taking my grandkids to Disneyland. We love the theater, getaways to the coast and wine country, and enjoying dinner in our back yard with good friends.
Pastoring Grace Baptist Church is a great delight as the Lord continues to bless us with opportunities to expand his kingdom, and the challenges that come with them. As I often tell my wife, I love us, and I love our life, and it is humbling to realize that all we have is a gift of grace from our loving heavenly Father.