About

Hello! That’s me over there in the picture. Here are some things about me that might help you make sense of this blog.

First, I was born on British soil and raised in Hereford, a city in the west of the West Midlands, close to the Welsh border. My formative education was at Marlbrook County Primary School, and my secondary education was at Hereford Cathedral School (1981-1988 for any fellow Old Herefordians who might want to get in touch). I went to University in Hull on the north-east coast of England, met my wife, married, and moved to the States. I’ve been living in North Carolina ever since. In 2004 I became a naturalized US citizen, but I still crave Hobnobs, Double Deckers, Jammie Dodgers, Ovaltine, and a decent cup of tea. My day job is in IT, we have six kids (some of whom are still technically “kids”), and we homeschool.

Reading

I like to read. A lot. Fiction and non-fiction. My fiction tastes run the gamut from Marissa Meyers’ “Lunar Chronicles” series, to Gary Corby’s “Athenian Mysteries” series, to Sherlock Holmes, to Stephen King, to Dickens, to the Brontés. I’m particularly partial to mysteries and suspense, and I’ll even take some fantasy and sci-fi, too. All said and done, if it’s a good story and keeps me engaged, I’ll give it a try.

On the non-fiction front my particular interests are theology and history. My specific fields of study are Biblical Studies, Biblical Languages, and Church History. On the history side, the British Monarchy has been a fascination of mine since I was eight years old, and that fascination continues. But I can bear to hear about most historical subjects, especially since I’ve come to appreciate more how much our world has been shaped by past events–and not always in the most obvious ways.

Writing

I enjoy writing a lot too, fiction and non-fiction. I’ve written a few unpublished novels, novellas, and short stories, and I hope one day to gain the attention of an agent and a publisher and see my work in print. I tend to write what I like to read (i.e., mystery, suspense, things with a historical bent). You’ll find some of my short stories and flash fiction on the blog if you’re interested. My non-fiction writing is mostly of a theological nature (see below).

Music

I grew up with music, and it has always been an integral part of my life. I’m a self-taught musician and play piano, guitar (six-string and bass), and recorder. I’ve been playing since my early teens and continue to play as often as I can. My musical interests are wide (Bach, Debussy, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Keith Green, Joe Jackson, Phil Keaggy, ELO, Queen…)–if there’s a good tune and it engages my ears, I’ll listen.

Theology

I am a Christian (Reformed Baptist), and a member of Christ Presbyterian Church which, without bias on my part, is the best church in the area. I teach Sunday School and play in the band when called upon. I have a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Hull and an M.Div. from Columbia Evangelical Seminary. I’ve posted some papers on Biblical/Theological topics on the blog (see the “Theology” tab), and I’ll post on theological issues from time to time, including notes from the Sunday School classes I teach.

Other

I’ve been a Doctor Who fan since before I can remember (earliest TV memory: the Third Doctor regenerating into the Fourth). I don’t watch a lot of TV these days but I enjoy Sherlock , The Mentalist, Phineas and Ferb, and reality cooking shows (“Top Chef”, “Chopped”, “The Next Food Network Star”, “Worst Cooks in America”).

Contact Info

I get way too much junk mail, so feel free to drop me a line or two! I’d love to hear from you, especially if you’ve read something you like. Here’s how you can find me:

Enjoy the blog!

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Askari

    Hi,
    Mr. Smith
    I got a glance over your works, and Its good to here that You r and Novelist and Theologion.
    Well now-a-days I’m working over the topic of “Predestionation in Islam” for which you have written and article before. Although there is a misconceptiion and mis understanding regarding Islam, but Scholorly I’d like to be in fruther touch with you.
    One thing I like to know about you is from which University did you passed as theologion, so I could mention in My paper.

    Wish to be in touch with you in further corespondence.

    Yours Turly

    Askari

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    1. cds

      Hello, Askari!

      To answer your question, I earned a B.A. (Hons) in Theology from the University of Hull in England, and an M.Div. from Columbia Evangelical Seminary in the US.

      Thank you for your interest in my blog. 🙂

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  2. Julia Hoover

    So, C. You’re not on FB, then? How sad. I’m utterly a FB lurker – my WP account is just… sad. I spend all my writing time in Da Books, leaving little time for blogging… which will sometime come back to bite me, I’m sure, but there it is.

    Anyway, look me up sometime on the NON-author page – it’s where I *actually* live. Make some kind of mark on the author page (https://www.facebook.com/juliachoover) and I’ll invite you over. Had some weird guy from Baltimore and a couple of other strange folks… um… tracking me down in odd ways, so I’ll just leave the author page there and invite from there. 😀

    -J

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    1. cds

      I have a FB account, but I don’t really use it. The only “friend” requests I accept are from people I know in person, which tends to be family, and friends from church. A lot of church communication happens via FB, so I at least get email notifications of messages that involve me, even if I don’t log on. I do go out on FB from time-to-time to look at people’s pages, so I may pay you a visit sometime, Julia! 🙂

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  3. Darryl

    CDS, I’m teaching this coming week (today as a matter of fact! Oh my….I’d better make this short) on Authority and using Romans 13 as text. While doing research for the purpose of placing Paul’s writing within historical context, which I admit I’m adamant about but not nearly so much because I’m a lover of history rather a lover of context, I came across your notes and found them interesting and well written. (Not that it matters one iota my opinion of your writing!!) Regardless….thank you for your research.

    By the way, I had the opportunity to spend about six weeks in Hereford in Jan-Feb 2008. I traveled to Wales and Scotland for short excursions and found the whole isle to be beautiful.

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    1. cds

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to get to your comment, Darryl. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. And I’m glad you got to visit Hereford and Wales–it’s an area of the country often ignored by visitors, and yet it’s a beautiful area, and chock full of history.

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    1. cds

      JOHN!! Good to hear from you! 🙂 I just checked out your YouTube channel. Great stuff (as always). I’ll try to do better at staying in touch. 🙂

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