I’m Elliot, and this is my blog. In case you don’t know me (and I have heard there are people who look at the blogs of people they don’t know), here is some info: I’m an evangelical (sometimes I say “orthodox,” and other times “committed”) Christian. Sometimes I wonder whether the word “evangelical” is worth using, because it can have negative overtones, mostly because of the way evangelicals have behaved politically in the recent past. But despite the word’s slippage, I like what it has meant historically and insist on using it.
I graduated in 2008 with an MDiv from Regent College. Then I worked part-time at a church and drove a school bus for a couple of years. Now I work in the publications department at Logos Bible Software. I have an amazing wife whom I met in Alaska.
You can expect posts about theology, the Bible, and culture. I’m always asking the questions, “What does this mean?” and “How should this truth be lived?” which means my main academic interests are hermeneutics and ethics. As a personal discipline, I committed a few years ago to write reviews of all the books I read, so many of the posts I write are book reviews. (So if you’re a publisher who wants to send out a review copy of a book, contact me.) I’m also a grammar nerd, and sometimes write about editing or projects I’ve worked on. (So if you’re a publisher who is looking for a freelance editor or proofreader, contact me.) I preach occasionally, and post the texts of the sermons or links to the audio.
“All is Grist” comes from the saying, “All is grist that comes to the mill,” which means that everything that is received or obtained is put to use. What I do on this blog, which is I suppose what happens on most blogs, is write my thoughts about what I see, read or experience. Experiences go in, and the blog comes out.
Also, G.K. Chesterton is one of my favorite authors, and he wrote a collection of essays with the title All is Grist. I’ve never read that particular essay collection, but it sure seems like a good title for an essay collection, and a good name for a blog.
I reserve the right to change my mind if I come to see something in a new way. The opinions expressed here belong to me. They don’t belong to my church, my employer, or any other group I am associated with.