incongruous - def: not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something
paradoxical - def: seemingly absurd or self-contradictory
Two adjectives that describe my life.
Born a grandson of sharecroppers and moonshiners. Ordained a Free Will Baptist minister.
Birthed a northerner (in Akron, Ohio). Reared a southerner (in Erwin, Tennessee).
Grew up in an all-white town and discipled by all-white churches. Currently reside in a majority-black city, taught for nine years in a majority-black college, and preach frequently in all-black churches.
Never been arrested--not even close. Spent twelve years ministering behind bars to juvenile murderers, arsonists, thieves, and one nationally vilified school shooter.
Grandson of a man who never learned to read or write his own name. Earned a Ph.D. and published two books and numerous articles.
Chief of sinners. Child of God.
All because of Jesus. Soli deo gloria!