Paul Smith is a native New Mexican with roots in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He is a proud graduate of Eldorado High School (Go, Golden Eagles!). He attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, where he met and married his wife Susan. Through ACU he earned the BS, MS and M.Div. degrees. In March of 2015 he completed the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Paul has served as a youth minister, preaching minister, associate minister and hospice chaplain. He has also worked as a flight instructor and as a pilot for a freight distribution company. He is currently serving as the pulpit minister for the Golf Road Church of Christ in Belen, New Mexico. He most recently served as the campus minister for the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ and concurrently as an instructor and later the Director for the Program of Religion at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico (go Greyhounds!)

Paul and Susan have one daughter, Kylee, and 3 cats (update – and now two dogs).  When not studying for a class, Paul loves to play his guitars and would love to spend more time fly fishing on a clear trout stream, but that happens way too infrequently.

  1. I would like to discuss privately your insights and observations regarding discipleship and the institutional church. I am a fellow preaching minister. By the way, based on your recent blogs, I think we have much in common here.

  2. Just found your site. Looking forward to following you. I like your “Undeniable Truths For Theological Reflection”. Especially #15 and 15a.

    I’m currious. In your studies, have you studied the Fathers in any depth? What about Orthodoxy? I stumbled onto Orthodoxy about a year ago while reading some postings on church of Christ minister blogs, sort of like the one you have. The more I learn about Orthodoxy, the more I want to know.

    I too am an ACU grad, class of 1984. By the looks of your picture, you are probably younger.

    • Hello David, thanks for the kind words, and I am glad you found my site. In answer to your question, no, I have not studied the Fathers in depth (beyond what Dr. Ferguson pulled out of me!). I appreciate the resurgence in studies in Orthodoxy. Some of it is driven by a serious spiritual journey, some of it quite honestly is an interest in whatever is new and different. For us, the Fathers (especially the “Eastern” Fathers) represent a spirituality that addresses some holes in our theology and spirituality. I encourage you in your studies – but as with anything make sure you go back to the original Fathers and not a modern “interpretation” of the Fathers, which can be accurate and can border on delusional. There are many accessible translations of the writings of the Fathers, and of course, many, many scholarly and devotional works based on the writings of the Fathers.

      I hope your studies are fruitful for you!


  3. Correction, we are in the same class! What happened to your hair??

  4. David,

    I read with interest your brief discussion about the mutual edification congregations. I am a member of one of these congregations. I have learned that we have not done a particularly good job at all when explaining exactly what we believe and more importantly, what specific practices we are concerned about. For example, we have no problem financially supporting a man to preach the gospel. The passages you listed in your post make that clear. Our concerns are based on how that man is used within the congregation. I would love to have a personal conversation with you about ME if you are interested. Please feel free to contact me personally.

    • Jeremy, I’m not sure if you are responding to me or to David – I do not see where David mentioned the mutual edification congregations. If you are responding to me, I would like to know which article in particular you have reference to. I too would like to have this conversation, but I need to know to what exactly you are responding.



  5. Paul,
    I just happened on your blog as I was searching for articles on David Lipscomb, and was intrigued by the title. I have long thought that a great many preacher’s understanding of what it means to REALLY have faith would have been greatly improved by the experience of hand flying an ILS down to minimums on a dark and stormy night.

    So far, I have enjoyed what I have read. As a Harding graduate (BS ’67), a former elder, a 5th generation member of the church, a lover of Civil War and Old West history, and a 35 year veteran (survivor) of flying airplanes all over the world, I’ll bet we would have a lot to talk about.

    Jim Knight
    Franklin, TN

    • Jim – what a delight to find someone who “knows the bumps!” Yes, I would love to visit with you. By the way, I removed your email from your note here to protect you from receiving any spam-bots that might pick up the email address and plague you.

      I will be in touch soon!


  6. Paul,

    I can’t find a “contact” button, so I’m leaving a note for you here. Feel free to delete it if you’d like (of course), but I wanted to thank you in some way.

    First of all, I can’t stand your theology! I actually mean that affectionately, because even though I think you’re really confused (I’m sure you think the same of me!), it’s obvious you’re serious about your Faith and not simply defending a career choice. I’ve expressed to you in the past my frustration with so many CofC ministers who run from subjects and do little more than dump on the Catholic Church with anti-intellectual fantasies and nonsense (fellowshiproom.org types, as I have proved on my own apologetics site that you might be aware of: thechurchofchristiscatholic dot com). You, however, don’t seem to base your Faith on a “we aren’t them” foundation. As I’ve said, this site, in my experience, is the fairest and most humbly run CofC site I’m aware of, and I’m as familiar with the CofC’s online presence as anyone (You actually post non-conforming comments!).

    My experience — not just online but mostly in *real* life — has hardened my personality somewhat. So much so that I often give little credit where it’s due. You motivate me to lighten up a bit in my Comparative Religion efforts, to realize that we are all on a journey. What I especially enjoy is your willingness to present yourself as something other than a theologian, such as with your “joke” page; you prove you’re a human, able to have fun, not take everything too seriously. Thank you.

    Though you may not consider us Catholics to be Christians (I don’t know where you stand in that CofC specturm) we consider you a brother. God bless, Pat

    • Hi Pat, and thanks for the affection!

      Hmm, I thought I had a “contact” button, but after searching diligently I cannot even find how to put one one. Maybe that’s a good thing – keeps my spam level in my email box much lower! Ha!

      Thanks for being a valued reader. You are correct – I do spend much of my time being confused. And, I do try to take myself just a little less seriously because I know myself, and if I cannot laugh at my own brokenness then I cannot attempt to help others with theirs.

      I do appreciate the comments!


  7. Hey Paul, I’ve been reading through your site, and I’ve found it very interesting. I was wondering if you’d be open to me writing a guest post–I think it would fit well with your content. Contact me on my site if you’re interested: https://religionandstory.wordpress.com/about/

    • Hello Daniel, and thanks for stopping by and for the question. The answer to your question is “no” – but not because of the quality of your content! The purpose of my blog is for me to express my thoughts, feelings, conclusions, questions, and other miscellaneous ruminations. On a few rare occasions I will repost someone else’s blog post, if I find it particularly compelling, but I can only think of just a couple of times that I have done that. In order for me to do so I really have to trust the author and be in virtual agreement with his/her position. Otherwise, I will summarize or link to a blog post, or just mention it in passing.

      Thanks again for stopping by!


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