The Author, a sinner, who by the grace of God has been saved, is currently on a sojourn through life. He was brought up in a Christian home, whose parents, also by the grace of God, are saved. Having parents who taught from the Bible helped with his Christian walk and with the strong support of his wife, the author has grown spiritually slowly over the years. Lapses due to complete laziness, unfortunately often occur, delaying any growth. Droughts seem to occur in climate as well as the one's spiritual life.
For a while he undertook a number of formal Bible study courses at the Adelaide College of Miniseries. He attempted to master the basics of Greek of the New Testament, in order to dust the cobwebs out of his brain; rote-learning at 50 years of age is not something that comes easy! However, William (Bill) Mounce's method is interesting, and appears to work – being a scientist and having an interest in linguistics takes away the pain from mucking up the vocabulary tests - and he prefers to learn methods than tables!
David's wife grew up near Bega and they met in Canberra (which is obviously in Australia). The Author grew up in Cudlee Creek but has lived in Adelaide, Darwin, Canberra – where he met his wife – Broken Hill and Wagga Wagga. In the mid-nineties the family left Wagga and moved interstate, settled down, which allowed the children to have a stable school life.
The author is married with three adult children and lives on one and a quarter acres of land (5400 metres square) along with a dog, cat, a few fish, and some chickens. The author loves gardening, and grows vegetables all year round. He enjoys bush walking and in 2017 did the three passes trek (three passes along with two mountains and Everest Base Camp) in Nepal with his eldest son and a few others from a local church.
The author has attended a number of assemblies or churches. His background is clearly fundamental, bible based, pre-millennial, pre-tribulation, interpreting Scripture in a grammatico-historical exegesis (literally where appropriate including the first 12 chapters of the Bible) and is therefore called a conservative (liking classical music may put him this category as well, along with a complete disdain for contemporary "church" music, which he believes is basically anathema), believing the modern church has slid into a state of utter mediocrity and apostasy and is well represented by the church at Laodicea; Revelation chapter 3).
In 2013 he and his wife were seriously hurt and tested by a local church when they were excomunicated along with a number of others for daring to follow the Word of God. Much could be said, little would be gained. It was indeed a very traumatic time in the church's history, when time after time, those that raise complaints are abused by the church; in this case, fairly trivial issues when compared with those that have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Australian clergy and church leaders. The author's wife, with a sense of humour, says that at least this was 2013 and not 1400 when we would have been burnt at the stake. The author was assured there was nothing wrong with his preaching, devotions or leading – his doctrine was sound as is his walk with the Lord.
The author believes (helped by Spurgeon) that untested faith is a weak faith. Dealing with those that lie and falsely accuse from within the church is indeed a challenge, but nothing compared with what Our Lord suffered, or indeed the great prophets, apostles and patriarchs. David not only suffered from hatred from his father–in–law, the King of Israel, but was hounded from his own land for a while and certainly would have been killed if were not for the grace of God. All this was extremely character–building for him – and our situation, I am sure, will also strengthen our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Great comfort are found in one of the author's favourite verse:
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day (1 Timothy 1:12).