"It is a terrible thing that the worst of all the vices can smuggle itself into the very center of our religious life. But you can see why. The other, and less bad, vices come from the devil working on us through our animal nature. But this does not come through our animal nature at all It comes direct from Hell. It is purely spiritual: consequently it is far more subtle and deadly. For the same reason, Pride can often be used to beat down the simpler vices. Teachers, in fact, often appeal to a boy’s Pride, or, as they call it, his self-respect, to make him behave decently: many a man has overcome cowardice, or lust, or ill-temper by learning to think that they are beneath his dignity -- that is, by Pride. The devil laughs. He is perfectly content to see you becoming chaste and brave and self-controlled provided, all the time, he is setting up in you the Dictatorship of Pride -- just as he would be quite content to see your chilblains cured if he was allowed, in return, to give you cancer. For Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense."
I am first and foremost a sinner saved by grace, a completely
undeserving child of God. After that I am the husband of the most
beautiful woman I know (my high school sweetheart) and a father to our
two wonderful children. Thirdly, I am a Presbyterian pastor (ordained
in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church) who longs to help others know
for themselves the joy and salvation that I have found in Christ Jesus.
Among my other passions are St. Louis Cardinal baseball (which has
historically been pretty easy) and Mizzou Tiger football (which, though
great in recent years, has historically required far more perseverance).
I moved to Michigan in 2006, but spent the first 34+ years of my life
in St. Louis, Missouri. If you're from St. Louis, the answer to your
question is Webster Groves H.S. -- Go Statesmen, keep The Bell!
I am also a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism
("the oldest and finest journalism school in the world") and Covenant
Theological Seminary, where the Lord truly developed my great
appreciation for his grace.