“Whit, what are you doing??”

I have seen that look before; saw it often in the Fall of 2002, after I announced my intention to resign from the Forest Service, from one of the most desirable District Biologist positions in the Pacific Northwest Region… “Let me get this straight; you are going to quit the Forest Service, over halfway to retirement, move to Florida, go to this Bible College, and then move to Siberia?”

Our hearts and minds are naturally inclined toward maintaining a certain state of affluence and the appearance of self-sufficiency. Doing anything that threatens the status quo of our comfortable lives does not sound like something we ought to give much thought or attention to… So, this past Spring, when I started giving voice to my plans to leave my teaching position at Trinity Christian Academy after twelve years; to go on the road, write a book, and blog about that experience, I knew what I should expect…

What I didn’t expect was the many people who didn’t think it sounded strange at all; they have actually encouraged me to go for it. “See what God does, you can always go back to being a Biologist or a Classroom Teacher…” Thus far, it has been at times both anxious and extraordinary; peaceful and perplexing… But, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything… And for those still shaking their heads, all I can tell you is that just as much as I knew in my heart that it was time to leave the Forest Service and pursue the Ministry, I knew it was time to leave Trinity and pursue this…

So, what is “THIS…?” What do I hope to accomplish over the next year, or more? Above anything else, I want to help people to truly know and understand the God who is there… what do you mean when you say, “Yeah, I’m a Believer…” What does that even mean? What do you believe and why do you believe it?  How do you know what you believe is true? Can you articulate that belief logically to someone else; someone who may have a completely different worldview than your own? What does it even matter; isn’t all truth relative anyway??

In this age of post-modern, post-Christian, post-western thought, should we even be trying to present to the World the concept of one overarching, single source of Truth? Is that not the ultimate definition of bigotry? But what if that Truth is indeed reality? What if all true philosophy, science, and experience, all point to the validity of the Biblical Metanarrative? What then; do we not have the responsibility to share that Truth with any and all who will hear, and ponder, and consider the evidence that is there? Indeed, we do; and that is all that I hope to accomplish in the weeks and months ahead…

Ever since I started teaching Eschatology (the Biblical study of prophecy and the Last Days) back in 2011, people have encouraged me to write a book on that subject. As a professional Wildlife Biologist, my primary responsibility was to conduct environmental cumulative effects analysis at the landscape level. For twelve years I analyzed the potential environmental effects of numerous federal projects including timber sales, road and trail construction, campground establishment, and prescribed burns. What are the direct, indirect, and the potential cumulative effects?  To this day, I look at a every piece of real estate and the surrounding landscape with that same mindset.

For example, when I read the Biblical narrative in the Book of Revelation, where it outlines, “…the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up (Rev. 8:7),” I immediately think about how that will actually impact the people on the Earth in those days. The three most important food crops on the planet are wheat, rice, and corn. You know what they all have in common? They are all three species of grass! And this comes to pass after a fore-told world-wide famine… So, this is how I developed my study of the End Times, as an environmental cumulative effects analysis of the events depicted in the book of Revelation. Even Folks who have studied the Bible all their life would tell me, “I’ve never had the Book of Revelation explained in such a way that made it so clear and so real…” I truly believe that my past careers in environmental effects analysis and Biblical theology have given me some unique perspective into this subject; and I feel compelled to share it with others!

But one can not, and should not live exclusively on a diet of Eschatology. God wants us to know and understand the entire Biblical Metanarrative; Creation, the Fall of Man, Redemption of Man (and all of Creation) through Christ, and the Restoration of all things to God through Christ… And that is the purpose and goal of this Blog, Nomad Apologetics, the pursuit of Truth, and the exploration of “the Path;” how our lives fit into that Biblical Metanarrative, i.e. God’s plan for our lives. I have fifteen years’ experience in biological research and natural resource management, followed by fifteen years of Biblical study and teaching… all of that I want to make available to those seeking Truth. I want to help those who are willing to ask the hard questions and honestly consider the evidence, wherever it leads…

I have understood the only way I could ever write a book would be if I was able to devote myself full time to doing so.  I have much respect for folks who work a full-time job, have a family, and they are still able to punch out a book in the wee hours of the night, but I have never been able to live like that. I need to be alone for hours at a time to write well… So, hence this big road trip! Living off grid up in the Woods gives me the freedom to devote much of each day to the task of writing… And perhaps, it might be a lot more interesting to follow someone traveling throughout the grandeur of God’s Creation than someone punching a keyboard in their basement…

All my years of working and backpacking in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, cross-country road trips camping with my family, and “End Times” preparedness, has well equipped me for That Nomad Life… And I understand that many Folks, regardless of their worldview, are interested in learning more about off-grid living skills; this blog gives me an opportunity to share my knowledge with others. Some people may come to the Blog just to learn about long term water purification methods or solar generators, and then begin to explore things of a more eternal nature while they are here… I want to take people wherever they are and help them to reach the next level of understanding and living the Truth.

So, to those who have encouraged me thus far in this endeavor, Thank You! I couldn’t have pulled out of that driveway in Jacksonville, Florida, and headed back out West without your belief in God and in me; that He could use this thing for His Glory… And to those of you just discovering me and trying to figure out what this is all about; don’t dismiss it out of hand. Truth can be known, and it is profound, it is all-encompassing, and it is convicting, and it is comforting… As the prophet Isaiah wrote, “That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it (Isaiah 41:20).” That is my only goal here, my only desire, my only intention.  Hope to see you further down the Path…

11 thoughts on ““Whit, what are you doing??””

  1. I am so glad to be able to follow you through your journey. I know God is with you and will keep you safe out there. He has a wonderful plan for you. Not many people get to do what you are doing. It is very interesting to read and see all you are doing. There’s a big world out there and you are seeing the wildlife’s of it and sharing it with us. Keep on moving and I’m looking forward to see what you have next to share.

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