My name is James Duncan. I live with my family in Anderson, South Carolina, arriving here via New Zealand, Australia, Virginia and Georgia.
I’m a Christian
I came to faith in Christ as a young boy, having the privilege of being born into a family with a long Christian heritage. My grandfather was a missionary in China during the Communist revolution, and my earliest memories of him were as a Baptist pastor in New Zealand. My father was also a pastor and spent his entire lifetime in the ministry.
Although I’m not a pastor myself, I assume that the Berean responsibility of constantly examining teaching in light of Scripture applies to all believers. One of the reasons I write here is to learn more from Scripture myself. I’ve discovered that if you want to learn something, teach it.
My beliefs are most influenced by the Bible, though that statement doesn’t necessarily distinguish me from other believers whose beliefs are radically different from mine. The more useful question is how one interprets and uses Scripture. I think the Westminster Confession is the best available systematic summary of Biblical doctrine, so if you want to know what I believe, that’s as good a handle as any.
I’m a Churchman
I grew up as a pastor’s kid, so I’ve seen ecclesiastical life from the perspective of the pulpit and the pews. I have been Baptist and Pentecostal, and am now Presbyterian. I teach classes at my church on topics like basic doctrine, worship, church history, communication, and Biblical inspiration and inerrancy.
I’m a Blogger
I blog because I enjoy it and I’m interested in the topics that I write about.
I sometimes blog about NewSpring because I live in Anderson and it’s everywhere here.
I’m a Professor
I am an associate professor of communication at Anderson University, though this blog isn’t part of my professional responsibilities and doesn’t necessarily represent the views of the administration, faculty, staff and students there.
I’m a Friend
Because writing demands a more precise, clearer expression than conversation, I express myself on this blog in a more polemical and hard-edged style than in person. In my flesh-and-blood life, I have many friends and students who disagree with what I write here, yet generously offer me their company and friendship. I hope I’m able to be as faithful a friend to them as they are to me.