My name is Nathan R. Hale, and I’m on a long, slow journey toward a simple, profound faith in Jesus.
I’d love for you to join me.
Years ago I realized that my spiritual growth was directly related to my levels of overall personal discipline and distraction. After a long period of spiritual frustration, feeling as if there just had to be more to my relationship with my Creator, I discovered Christian meditation in the form of lectio divina. I began to take my commitment to knowing God (not just knowing about God) more seriously.
Slowly, I found more peace…and deeper faith.
I’ve now been married over decade, am the father of three, and I’m the rector of Desert Mission Anglican Church. In the midst of these many blessings, the cares and occupations of my life can still creep up on me. The journey’s not over yet, but I want share everything I’ve learned so far with you.
I grew up Benin, West Africa as the child of Southern Baptist missionaries. I grew up in a Christian culture that valued the Bible, enthusiastic worship, powerful manifestations of God’s presence, and unity in diversity.
When I came back to the USA I hit a spiritual wall. I became discontent with the over-individualistic, self-serving, entertainment-driven faith I had appropriated from popular Evangelical culture.
I found answers by returning to my African roots and the wisdom of the ancient church. Slowly, by the grace of God, I began to discover a way forward through study, self-discipline and contemplation.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way, but I want you to be able to learn from them. I want to help you move closer to Christ, and help you teach others how to cultivate a heart that desires Jesus more than anything.
I want to help you find true joy.
I am an Anglican Christian, but this is not an Anglican blog per se. I give you resources that will help your grow in your Christian faith regardless of what tradition you come from.
- M.A., Christian Studies (Pastoral Ministry), Grand Canyon University
- M.M., Music Theory and Composition, Hardin-Simmons University
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