86849410f002Over fifty years ago as a freshman at VA Tech, I began reading through the Bible one chapter a day.  I wasn’t sure it was true, but I was sure an “educated” person should read it at least once.

Before I had finished reading it, three years later, I was convinced of its truth and had placed my faith In Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of sinners like me. I began a lifelong habit of reading through the Scriptures usually on an annual basis.


         John and Mary Carroll

My life has been full.  The Lord blessed me with a wonderful wife, Mary, and three lovely daughters.  I was privileged to serve for 28 years as a campus Christian worker with the Navigators in California, South Carolina, The Philippines, and Argentina.  After graduation from Columbia International University (M Div),  I was called to pastoral ministry in 1995 in the Presbyterian Church in America, serving Central Presbyterian Church in Kingstree, SC and Christ Church in Katy, TX.  I also greatly benefited from my studies at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) which led to a Doctor of Ministry degree.  I am currently an honorably retired member of the Blue Ridge Presbytery (Presbyterian Church in America).

My book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days, published by Metokos Press and based on postings from this blog site is available here at Amazon.com in print and Kindle formats.

In 2011, Mary and I retired and moved back to our family farm in the Blue Ridge mountains where we both grew up.  We call it “Thistle Dew Farm” where we are seeking to practice our motto: “Contentment without Complacency.” My favorite current activities include hiking with Mary,  teaching a senior adult Sunday School class at Grace Church in Roanoke, frequent trips to  visit our 3 daughters and sons-in-love, and 6 grandchildren, exploring historical sites and writing this daily blog.

Thanks for visiting.

John Carroll

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  1. John,
    I was talking to my friend and business partner Bo today, and he sent me the
    hyperlink to the ThistleDewFarm blog.

    This is great!

    I really like the reading and message combined – I’m going to start using it.

    As I’ve mentioned to Bo, I’ve attempted to read the bible in a year before, and I seem to only make a short time before I let life get in the way. I think this is the way I’ve been looking for!

    Thanks – just wanted to let you know.

    • Bo, I think there are a couple of options that might be helpful. One, go to the blog home page and scroll down till you see “RSS Entries” on the right side. Click on that and follow the prompts to subscribe to email notifications. Two, you could just bookmark the blog page and go to it when you have time and web access. The entries go up daily at midnight Eastern Standard time. This should continue through December 31, 2013, After that I plan to leave the site up and all the entries accessible for the foreseeable future. Thanks for reading and for your encouragement.

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