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.
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.
QUOTES I LIKE
If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
Writers never retire.
SCRIPTURES I LIKE
The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.
The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
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.
WEBSITES I LIKE
AUTHORS I LIKE
Gregory A. Boyd
G. K. Chesterton
C. S. Lewis
Roger E. Olson
J. R. R. Tolkien
John H. Walton
N. T. Wright
MUSICIANS I LIKE
The Wailin Jennys
ARTISTS I LIKE
Jonathan Blocher (Manuscriptures)
Brandon Stanton (HONY)
Rose Strang (Scotland)
N. C. Wyeth