I grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. I did my undergraduate work at The Citadel, which is a military college in Charleston as well. I didn’t leave South Carolina until I went to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where I completed my M.Div. and Ph.D.
The IDAK assessment has two primary components: temperament and natural talents. Primary temperament traits measured by IDAK are tested character, appropriate self-esteem, self-discipline, optimism, and team player ability. Twenty seven secondary temperament traits are also part of the assessment.
I went with the word “reckless” to describe the love of God because that is exactly how the Bible depicts His love. For example, in the famous parable about the prodigal son in Luke 15, Jesus tells us that the son goes off and squanders his inheritance in “reckless living”. Then, out of nowhere, the father sees the son in and the distance, and comes running to him. He plows him over, kissing him, hugging him, shouting at the top of his lungs in incredible gut-busting joy that his son is home. In this parable, the only thing more reckless than man’s rebellion is God’s incredible, over-the-top, scandalous grace in coming to us, loving us, saving us, and restoring us to himself – even on our worst day.
My research is an exploration of John the Baptist’s prophecy regarding “the one who…is coming” who was predicted to baptize “in holy spirit” or “in holy spirit and fire” according to our sources (see Mk. 1:8/Mt. 3:11/Lk. 3:16).
We have a very humble means and a very lofty task, and that keeps us dependent. It also ensures that we are motivated by the content. What’s going to motivate us? We’re not motivated by how many copies we’re going to sell, which could then lead to shaping the communication to what is popular or shaping songs by what is popular. Sales aren’t a factor for us.