This blog’s namesake comes from St. Augustine’s famous conversion story. Upon his struggle to forsake all and follow Christ, Augustine heard children chanting the phrase “Take up and read!” Augustine rose, picked up a copy of St. Paul’s epistle to the Romans and read:
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. –Romans 13:13-14
Augustine is a very popular Christian figure, but his skill at numerous distinct disciplines is the reason this blog references his life. Augustine is a noted philosopher, theologian, historian, and rhetorician. These disciplines are among the ones the authors of this blog seek to study for the rest of our lives.
Sean Richmond was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1984. It was at the age of 16 he submitted to the Lordship of Christ and repented of his sins. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy. He currently attends Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Church and is pursuing a M.Div degree in Christian Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Andy Reeves was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1988. He grew up in the small town of Mansfield and was saved by God from his sins at the age of 7 and was baptized at age 9. At age 11 Andy moved to Thailand with his parents who serve as missionaries in Thailand. Andy is happily married to his lovely wife Hannah. Andy is called to preach the gospel and is currently pursuing an M.Div in Christian Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Andy and his wife currently attend Clifton Baptist Church.
Andy Reeves graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith with a B. A. in History
Chadd Sheffield was born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1986 before moving to the border of Arkansas and attending Muldrow High School. It was at First Baptist Church Muldrow that Chadd submitted to the authority of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit at the age of 17. Chadd is married to his lovely wife, Chelsea Sheffield, and is the father of one beautiful daughter, Eliza Bryn Sheffield, and one handsome son, Alden Hollis Sheffield. They currently attend First Baptist in Van Buren, AR.
Chadd received his B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith.