Welcome to the personal website of the Rev. Daniel J. Sparks. Below is his introduction.
Welcome to my little cell of rumination. A few of my thoughts may be profound, but most are mundane. I make no apologies. Most of what you find here is a sifting of matters through mind and hands.
In time past, I served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army, with which I deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. My experiences in the military shaped me to a great deal, and my heart still quickens when I think about my soldiers and their families, about war, and about the ministry of chaplains. On occasion, you may see this come through in my writings; I assure you, however, that whatever surfaces is only the tip of what is within my heart.
My writing here is sometimes ordered and sometimes rambling. The topics I address generally fall into four categories:
- Church: things about the Christian faith, pastoral ministry, and Anglicanism.
- Citizenship: things about our society, including the responsibilities of citizenship and governance.
- Family: things about the bonds of matrimony and family life.
- Miscellany: things about myself and a variety of other items.
I’m a native son of Alabama, and though it’s been a few years since I lived there, I consider it still my home. I was educated there in public school (from which I am still recovering) and at The University of Alabama (for which I have a fondness, but from which I am also recovering). I completed seminary at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, about which I only have good things to say.
A few years ago, before my military service, I was deeply engaged in events surrounding the public expression of Christian faith and the sanctity of human life. These are matters that remain important to me, and I am learning how best to continue my involvement–particularly in this time when there is a rise in public intimidation of Christians in these United States.
If you find something helpful in these pages, I hope it may be very helpful. If you find something unhelpful herein, I hope it will quickly pass from your mind. If you find something harmful, I hope you will inform me post-haste.
May the peace of our Lord, which passes all understanding, guard your heart and mind as you trust in him.
Daniel J. Sparks