Welcome to the blog.

I, Michael Patton, am the primary contributor to this blog. But you can also expect posts from my fellow bloggers Dan Wallace, Paul Copan, Lisa Robinson, and Robert Bowman Jr. Our blog is Evangelical and our purpose is content oriented. Hopefully we can write blogs that educate, update, and make people think deeply about historic and contemporary theological issues. You are welcome to contribute to our blog, but please be gracious and thoughtful. This is not anyone’s surrogate blog!

The skinny of my life:

I am Michael Patton, the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen blog. I do a lot of stuff and love teaching theology. In fact, I have been blessed enough to be able to make my living doing so. I am married, have four kids (two girls and two boys). Got married to the most beautiful gal in the world 97, graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Th.M. (double major in New Testament and pastoral studies) in 2001, was on Pastoral staff at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco Texas from 2000-2006, started The Theology Program in 2001, incorporated Reclaiming the Mind Ministries in 2005, moved the family and ministry to Oklahoma City (area) in 2007, and the latest project is the Credo House (the Reclaiming the Mind Ministries headquarters and a theological education center).

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C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry

    15 replies to "About Parchment and Pen"

    • Susan

      I saw the photo of your ultra blue-eyed son on your FB profile. Now I know where those blues came from! 😉

    • C Michael Patton

      Susan, I actually have green eyes. I don’t know why that photo made it look so blue!

    • Susan

      Must be the blue background….
      Is Zach entirely back to normal?

    • C Michael Patton

      He is perfect. Thanks so much.

    • […] Michael Patton writes an obituary for the Emerging Church and offers four reasons for its death. “They assumed that Evangelicals would listen and exit the building with them. But what happened was not unlike a disrespectful teenager who thought that he suddenly had it all figured out through a series of unadulterated epiphanies. He tugged on the shirt of his parents letting them know how much more he knew than them and he was blown off because of arrogance. ‘Tsk, tsk’ was the reply, ‘I remember when I thought I knew it all.’” […]

    • Sarah Mae

      Hi Michael,

      Maybe it’s obvious, but I can’t find your email and have a question. I have been told that if I don’t celebrate the sabbath on a Saturday, I am breaking one of God’s commandments and will be least in the kingdom of heaven. This verse cited: Matthew 5:19 “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

      I would really like your thoughts on this.


    • cheryl u

      Sarah Mae,

      There is an e-mail adress for Michael Patton under his face book picture. It may be obvious, but it took me some time to find it too!

    • Joe

      Great website(s), great ministry.

      One question:

      – how do you manage to get ‘it’ all done? 4 kids? Wow. I’ve got two little boys and I feel s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d.

      God Bless,

    • Ed Kratz

      Late nights!

    • Jeni

      I am new to this blog and I already greatly appreciate it! Thank you for taking the time to write and educate.

      This is my first, definitely not my last, visit and I was wondering if you have anything on christian education? I am speaking in regards to children. Do you believe there is a biblical mandate to homeschool or put them in a christian school.

      I would really appreciate you thoughts on this if you have not already written on it. If you have can you please direct me to the post.

      Thank you again for this wonderful site!

    • Thomas Schirrmacher

      Dear friends in Christ,

      We are planing a small volume with appr. 500 copies for our students with
      essays on William Carey.

      I saw the contribution by “Carter” “The Calvinism of William Carey” on the
      web and would like to ask you if it would be possible to print this essay
      in our volume? Or can you get me in contact with the author and give me his
      full name?

      Sincerley yours,

      Thomas Schirrmacher

      See my book on Carey:

      Verlag für Kultur und Wissenschaft
      Cukture and Science Publ.
      Prof. Dr. theol. Dr. phil. Thomas Schirrmacher
      Friedrichstr. 38, 53111 Bonn, Germany
      02289650381 – Fax 02289650389
      [email protected]

    • Carl D'Agostino

      Congratulations on marrying the most beautiful girl in the world. But is she really 97 years old? Hmmmm. Smile.

    • Carl D'Agostino

      C Michael Patton: Would like to contribute to P & P. I thought it best not to put proposal here because I would not want to be interpreted as violating blog rule #1. Would you kindly email US postal address. This way I may send to you privately and not blemish the integrity of your blog. Thanks.

    • cherokee Rose

      are you catholic or christian?

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