Who is the author of this blog?
My name is Todd Wood. Actually, the full ancestral name is Elon Todd Wood. Different, huh. You definitely deserve bonus points, if you discover the Semitic meaning of my name, which can be traced back, well over 200 years through my genealogy. When you post, you can call me Elon, Todd (to differentiate from my father, grandfather, etc.), or E.T. You will find that much of what I post in the days, weeks, and months ahead to be quite extra-terrestrial. And believe me, Steven Spielberg has never gotten so deep into celestial matters.
My mother gave birth to me in an LDS hospital along the glorious banks of the Snake River. Hence, I grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho and graduated from Skyline High School (1988). Upon graduation, many of my good friends went off to Ricks College or BYU. I was radical. A complete enigma in school. Change the “Y” to “J”. Yep. I traversed America over to BJU in Greenville, S.C. If you face college dress and lifestyle codes, feel like you are living in a religious bubble, or stick out like a neon sign because of your alma mater, I empathize. I loved my college experience. No, I lie. Almost everything. I didn’t like all the rules; but you know the old adage, “Good rules build great character.”
I acquired three degrees while in the deep, deep south: a B.A. in Christian Missions, an M.A. in Theology, and then a Master of Divinity degree. The only interruption was between my B.A. and M.A. I married the most beautiful girl living in Idaho, my Southeastern high school sweetheart, Kristie. She received her B.S. in Nursing from Boise State University. And undoubtedly, at the smurf turf, Broncos rule. And for a point of connection with the ladies, my wife is an avid scrapbooker. Just loves it.
Currently, I am the pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Ammon, Idaho. And I immensely enjoy it. Do you remember the hit movie, “Baptists At Our Barbecue,” based on the humorous novel? Well, I have stopped counting the number of barbecues that I have enjoyed with LDS people through all my years of living in Southeastern Idaho.
What is my Christian orientation? I am utterly passionate about truths laid out in the Bible. Though my mind often feels puny in grappling with great theological issues, you will quickly discover my heart given over to the fundamentals within that book. Drop by the chapel house sometime on the outskirts of I.F. Hear me preach. Verse by verse.
So this is all a little introduction to myself.
What are the purposes of this blog?
- Research for a new book, Jesus in Idaho Falls
- Musings on Bible reading and prayer
- Local church announcements
- Interaction with LDS culture