Well, I just thought that I would update you on the office/library situation. Since it seems that we will be staying in Frisco for the foreseeable future, I have kicked . . . I mean moved Katelynn into Kylee’s room. I took her room for an office and was able to move all my books out of the boxes! Here is the way it looks now with commentary below.

As you can see, much has changed. Let me describe what you are looking at. To the left is much of my library. All that is left in boxes are the self-help books (who needs them?), eschatology books (tired of the subject), and most of my books on ministry (what can I say?). But I do have all my commentaries, bible background, original language, and systematic theology books out (sweet!). In the middle, by the window, you will notice some art work. These are paintings that I did in High School. The one furthest to the left is composed of dozens of styrofoam cups that I put teeth marks in and then painted. Here is a close up:


The one in the middle is a painting of the boy on U2s “Boy” album. The one on the right is one I did during college. Believe it or not, the two to the left won me a scholarship and were hanging in the governor’s mansion years ago. My computers are to the right. I have three right now, but one is a floater for CWS scholars who just use Mac (no comment). The bike in the middle of the room is my exercise bike. I have to keep it here so that I don’t have an excuse! (Yes, it is the one I was riding during Copan’s class!). If you look closely, you can see the books just to the left of the bike not filed with the others. Those are the ones I read while I am on the bike. Look in the “Books I am Reading” section on the front page of the blog to see what they are. And finally, sitting there on the floor is baby Zach. Here is a close up:


Notice first how cute he is. Second, you need to be aware that this is the situation as it stands at 11:30 Sunday evening, but is also representative of most evenings. It usually remains this way until about 3am when I finally go to bed. Zach is kind of fussy, so I take him so that Kristie can get some sleep. We have some fun together as I discuss with him what I should blog about. His ideas are really great. He is responsible for the one about Christian sub-cultures. Notice as well his bottle. It is an ingenious invention that I highly recommend for all late night bloggers. You don’t even have to hold it. The bottle has a straw that goes from the bottle to the nipple. It is hard to clean, but worth it. The picture represents Zach’s fight to get his bottle after it slipped out of his mouth. I put it back right after the picture was taken. Now he is asleep. Here is what he looks like now:

OK, that is it. Thought you might enjoy an update. Any questions?

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

    6 replies to "My office, my theological library, Zach, and my late nights"

    • C Michael Patton

      BTW: I will sell you the artwork for a $10,000 donation to RMM. 🙂

    • JoanieD

      Looks like a great space, Michael. And Zach is VERY MUCH a cutie!!

      If you are going to bed at 3:00 a.m., no wonder you come up with the things you come up with! 😉


    • C Michael Patton

      lol. Thanks Joanie.

    • Samson

      First I want to say, “Aawww, he is so cute!”

      All right here’s what I see as a problem.
      1. your 38 volume church father collection is out of order. This is
      probably what causes all the anachronistic fallacies in your studies.
      The pattern always goes Red, Green, Blue. This maybe part of the problem
      you seem to have with orthodox views of communion. If you get these in
      order you’ll also be able to follow a Roman Catholic argument from time to
      2. Your Geisler systematic theology is also out of order. What are you
      thinkin’ man!?! I assume you have all 4 volumes. They should be as
      follows. Red, Purple, Blue, Green.

      I hope you will correct these problems or I will be forced shame you online.


    • C Michael Patton

      Thanks for the corrections Sam. I can always count on you to see things out of place!

    • JoanieD

      Hey, Sampson, whoever you are…very funny post! Humor saves the day in so many ways. I think about the personality of Jesus at times and he must have been very fun to be with. People throughout history really don’t change very much, and even though Jesus said the crowds were following him because of his feeding of the multitudes and because of the other miracles, the closest group that stayed with him for three years would not have stayed with him if he was a “downer.” That’s my belief anyway. Many of them really never understood until the very end just who and what he was; they still thought he would initiate the beginning of the end of the Romans ruling over them. But I don’t think they would have stayed so “tight” to him if his personality wasn’t one that attracted them, soothed them, entertained them, etc. I know we will always have some emotionally unstable people who will be attracted to dominate, abusive leaders, so it’s not a given that a person with “followers” is a good, cheerful, supportive person. But Jesus WAS that kind of “leader.” That’s my story anyway and I’m sticking with it! 🙂

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