My name is Timothy J. Hammons, and I am a pastor/teacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an amateur reporter. I am married to Elisa, a beautiful woman and true help mate from the Lord. I have two boys, Andy and Joey.
Why I Blog
God gives us all gifts, some spiritual, some practical. I feel compelled to write about things from a Christian world perspective. This is why I am political. I also feel compelled by His love for us, to write about theology in order to help us all grow and understand the Triune God who has revealed Himself through the 66 books of the Bible, and ultimately, through the person and work of His Son Jesus Christ. I feel that this is part of my calling as a pastor. I know that some would disagree and say that I should never get political, or religious. But I take that charge to be directly from Satan. After all, the word of God tells us to take every thought captive. That is what I’m doing here. As Christians, we need to stand for the truth in all areas of life, not just the areas of our faith. Doing this is the end result of the Great Commission. As we make disciples, then those disciples go into their worlds and live as fellow believers, being used by God to take every thought captive in their respective work places and families.
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If you want to hear what I’m truly passionate about, go listen to one of my sermons here.
Who Am I?
Who am I? Since I turned 50 recently, there is a lot to my past.
I was raised in a Christian Science home and became one when I turned 21. However I confess that I never could reconcile life to the claims that those in CS were making. There were always these miracles taking place, but never real honest miracles. Lots of miraculous cures for the common cold and such. Most of the testimonies given by those in CS were of the nature that the giver was on “death’s door” and then they prayed, and were healed. Given that death’s door can be so subjective, I take it that most of these women giving these testimonies were getting over their menstrual cramps.
When I was 9, my family had a major car accident that left my mother paralyzed for life. I remember praying over her body as she laid on the side of the road, just as we were taught to pray as Christian Scientist, but she didn’t get up. She never would walk again even though she refused medical treatment as was the common practice, and would go to a special hospital for Christian Scientist where the nurses prayed for healings. My take from it: if the god of Christian Science wouldn’t answer the prayers of a 9-year-old boy, then he was not god at all.
United States Coast Guard
When I turned 20, I joined the United States Coast Guard and was shipped off to Alameda, CA for training. Ever since I was a small child growing up on the Galveston coast, I wanted to join the Coast Guard. The lure of the white ships and small boats had a real appeal for me since my family was into boating so much. So it was natural for me to pursue that which I knew.
After graduating from high school, I did spend a couple of years as a disk jockey, but given my lack of life experience, I didn’t make a very good DJ. My idea of a funny joke was to play the song Can’t Get No Satisfaction, by the Rollings Stones, dedicate it to all the virgins in the audience and then say, “thanks for nothing.” You can see that my career there was absolutely stellar.
Given that, the Coast Guard was my best bet. I figured I would receive orders in Galveston and be able to drive home on the weekends. It didn’t turn out that way at all. After boot camp, I volunteered to serve on the United States Coast Guard Cutter Sedge which was stationed in Homer, Alaska. (Check here for the unofficial site).
Why I chose that base is beyond me. Living on board a buoy tender is hard work. The motto of the ship was, Workhorse of the Black Fleet. I believe that was actually coined while I was on board ship. We not only had to work our buoys and day boards in the Homer/Kodiak/Anchorage area, but we had to go down to the Washington and Oregon and work all the buoys there because the normal buoy tender that worked them was in dry dock for repairs.
SN “Mutley” Mulligan and BM3 ??? came up with the name and the logo. We spray painted the logo on every buoy up and down the coast of Washington and Oregon. We wanted everyone there to know that we worked their buoys for them while they got to go home to their wives and families every night.
(To be continued…)