A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME

I’m a very 60-something husband of one, father of four, and follower of Jesus. I’m a writer, published and self-published author, editor, publisher, acoustic guitarist, and songwriter. I’m proudly INTJ. Sally and I were married August 30, 1981. After Denver Seminary (MDiv, 1985) I worked with churches in Vienna, So Cal, Nashville, and Colorado Springs. We started Whole Heart Ministries in 1994 in an 80-year-old farmhouse in rural central Texas. Since 1999, the “international headquarters” of our ministry has been a small office in Monument, Colorado, close to our home. As Executive Director, my functional areas of responsibility include publishing, event administration, and online ministries oversight. Sally and I home educated our four very different children using our WholeHearted Learning model (Educating the WholeHearted Child). They are all grown, walking with Christ, and developing their own ministries and messages as authors, creators, and thinkers in their respective arenas of influence. We’ve lived in sixteen homes, in ten cities, in four states, and in three countries, but our official family home since 2004 has been in Monument, CO, near Colorado Springs, in the shadow of Pikes Peak. Home is where the Whole Heart is.

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AND ABOUT THE CLARKSON FAMILY

This is the extended Clarkson family on Christmas morning 2018 in Colorado: Nathan, Joy, Thomas & Sarah, and Joel, and Sally, and me. We are a close family and always enjoy being together whenever we can make it happen. We try to make the most of every Christmas and our annual Family Day in August. Nathan is a filmmaker, actor, and author living in NYC. Joy is a blogger and podcaster, and a doctoral student of theology in Scotland. Thomas is an Oxford graduate Anglican pastor in England. Sarah is pastor’s wife, mom, author, and blogger with a Masters in theology from Oxford. Joel is a musician and author, and a doctoral student of theology in Scotland. Sally is an author, blogger, and podcaster, and friend of many moms. And Clay, well that’s what this website is for. To learn more about all the Clarksons’ books, music, films, podcasts, studies, ministries, and more, visit our family website at ClarksonFamily.com.

WHERE TO FIND ME ONLINE

QUOTES I LIKE

If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
~Yogi Berra

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
~G.K. Chesterton

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.
~C.S. Lewis

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
~Benjamin Franklin

There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.
~G.K. Chesterton

Creativity is intelligence having fun.
~Albert Einstein

Writers never retire.
~Garrison Keillor

SCRIPTURES I LIKE

The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
~Solomon

The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.
~Jesus

The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
~Paul

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
~Paul

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
~John

WEBSITES I LIKE

AnselmSociety.com
BibleGateway.com
BlueLetterBible.org
ChristianityToday.com
Discovery.org
HumansOfNewYork.com
JoelClarkson.com
JoyClarkson.com
MalcolmGuite.com
NathanClarkson.me
RabbitRoom.com
Reasons.org
ReKnew.org
SallyClarkson.com
SarahClarkson.com
Storyformed.com
StoryWarren.com
Truity.com
WholeHeart.org

AUTHORS I LIKE

Gregory A. Boyd
G. K. Chesterton
Andy Crouch
Annie Dillard
Leif Enger
Peter Enns
Malcolm Guite
Madeleine L'Engle
C. S. Lewis
Scot McKnight
Roger E. Olson
Eugene Peterson
J. R. R. Tolkien
John H. Walton
Ben Witherington
N. T. Wright

MUSICIANS I LIKE

Carolyn Arends
Audrey Assad
Steve Bell
Bob Bennett
Matthew Clark
Buddy Greene
Sara Groves
Andy Gullahorn
Steve Hindalong
Rich Mullins
Bebo Norman
Fernando Ortega
Andrew Peterson
Jill Phillips
Chris Rice
Kate Rusby
Paul Simon
James Taylor
The Wailin Jennys

ARTISTS I LIKE

Jonathan Blocher (Manuscriptures)
Breezy Brookshire
Arthur Rackham
Chris Rice
Norman Rockwell
Brandon Stanton (HONY)
Rose Strang (Scotland)
Jamin Still
N. C. Wyeth