About Dr. Ty
The Simple Christian
I’ve never been big on pages like this because I don’t like talking about myself, but you may be asking how I am qualified to answer some of the questions from my podcast.
The simple answer is: I’m not. And I am. I don’t feel qualified, but God doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called.
I became a Christian in January 2006, at 40 years old, when I was baptized.
Since then I have received 3 degrees from Faith Seminary in Tacoma, WA, including a Doctor of Strategic Leadership in Life Coaching.
I am not a professional pastor, but I have done street pastoring for the homeless. As a profession, I run an online marketing business called Port Bell SEO (www.portbell.com).
More information about me:
I wasn’t always a Christian. In fact, I didn’t get baptized until I was 40 years old.
My parents made me go to church (Roman Catholic) when I was younger, but I never understood it. I was pushed into being an altar boy, which I didn’t like, but it was probably because I was a pretty wild child.
I rebelled against God in my teen years but had a deep need to understand spirituality. I got into new age religions and very old religions, but they all left me with more questions than answers.
Then, one day in May (I think) of 2004, my girlfriend (now wife) and I had a party. I was a major alcoholic then, and our parties were basically just a bunch of people sitting around drinking a lot.
Anyway, the next morning I was hit over the head by what felt like a 2X4 covered in feathers. I was startled awake, but also completely sober. There was a whisper in my head that told me I had spent enough time with other religions (I even had a deck of Tarot cards under my pillow at the time) and that it was time to learn about God.
I used to tell people that I had a saying: “God and I have an understanding. I’m bad and God understands.” That morning God told me it was time for me to start understanding.
I started going to church every once in a while, mostly when I wasn’t too hung over. And about a year later, God came to me again and told me I needed to start going regularly because I would need him very soon.
I got baptized on January 7, 2006, and before the end of that month both of my parents passed away. If I still would have been an alcoholic, I may have drunk myself to death after that. But I heard that God gives each of us a gift when we are baptized (there is nowhere in the Bible that says this, though).
I stopped craving alcohol the day I got baptized, and never needed a drink again. In fact, I no longer even like the taste of alcohol.
I started the Simple Christians podcast to help other beginning Christians understand more of the Bible, the real Bible, in a less structured way than going to church. Don’t get me wrong, you need to go to church every week. More than once a week if you can. And volunteer at your church.
But be wary of what people tell you, even pastors. Verify what they say by reading your Bible. Copy scripture down and see if it really reflects the teaching.
I used to go to Celebrate Recovery (A Christian-based form of AA) when I first became a Christian, and there is a popular saying in CR that God will not give you more than you can handle. Of course he will! If we could handle everything going on in our lives, we wouldn’t need God.
Scripture (1 Corinthians 10:13) actually says that God will not allow us to be tempted more than we can handle. God does not tempt us, the devil does. But God won’t allow it to be more than we can handle.
This is just one example of inaccurate teachings, and what the Simple Christians podcast is here for, to give accurate (as best I can) scripture.
I hope you enjoy the podcast as much as I do creating it!