While this blog is focused on the Great I Am, I figure some people may be curious about my background, and rightfully so. I myself wouldn’t feel comfortable with reading on topics as important as history and theology covered by just anybody who happens to have a keyboard.

I was born on December 10, 1998, in the Chicagoland area. Albeit only for a year and 21 days, I can — and often do — brag about being a ninety’s kid, the last one born into my family. About four months after my birth, I was baptized into the Christian Reform Church, April 18, 1999. We didn’t stay with the program very long, though, as my younger brothers and I were a rather rowdy bunch, tough to quell on Sunday mornings. A few years following our departure from the Calvinist tradition, when I was in third grade, we mellowed out a bit, so our mom got us back into the congregation scene at a nearby evangelical community church. My membership there persisted from then on until I was just going into eighth grade, when one of my friends brought me along to his church one Sunday, which just so happens to be affiliated with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. I ended up being confirmed the following year, 2013.

So if I insist on reading from qualified individuals, I must be pretty qualified myself, right? Well, no. I am still a fresh-out-of-high-school “know-it-all”, I have no qualifications to teach on the sacred Scriptures and things of the like. I am just a layman, and these are simply publications of my studies of Scripture and miscellaneous other jottings. If you are interested in other exegetical blogs published by laity, my favorites would have to be Armchair Theologian and Lutheran Layman. Just make sure to take everything we say with a grain of salt.

Starting this fall, I will be continuing my studies at Concordia University Wisconsin, honing in on Pre-Seminary Studies, Theological Languages and History. After college, I plan on going to one of the two Concordia Seminaries to be ordained into the Office of Holy Ministry.

Hammer and Shield will be primarily focused on theology, scriptural studies, worldview, history and poetry, as well as my satire section, The Wittenberg Weaver. I also hope to add a photography section sometime in the future, which would focus on churches and God’s wonderful creation of nature. As my age and level of expertise likely make evident, this won’t exactly be doctorate-level exegetical study, but hopefully something you can still take away from; and all glory and praise be to God if you do.

Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum.