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my joy is helping others think and act in ways that improve life.


Writer / Teacher / Artist. This is the hub for my professional services, projects, and products. 

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my joy is helping others think and act in ways that improve life.


Writer / Teacher / Artist. This is the hub for my professional services, projects, and products. 

quick facts

I'm a thirty year-old writer and speaker born in Denver, CO. Before returning for a Masters Degree (M.Div, Westminster Seminary California, 2016), I spent ten years running self-owned businesses (photography and commercial design). Since then, I've written hundreds of articles and numerous academic papers on issues related to history, theology, and culture. I've taught classes and seminars on a variety of subjects, and regularly lead worship in URCNA churches. Occasionally my thoughts are published and broadcast, but my interests are more one-on-one.

My wife and I love the outdoors.We hope to through-hike the John Muir Trail next summer. Fun fact: when I was twenty-five, I rode a bicycle 1500 miles from Washington to San Francisco. I'm presently writing a book about it, which feels much harder.

I've served as Deacon Treasurer at Oceanside United Reformed Church, in Carlsbad, CA, for three years. I am also licensed to exhort in the URCNA.

michaelspotts.org

The name is similar, but this is where I host my writing projects. In addition to hundreds of articles on faith and life, I am working on several books that will eventually find a home here.

A miserable death is a moment anyone can experience. But dying well is a lifelong process of little funerals for lesser interests, killed off to protect more important goals. It means sacrificing the alright for the better, the better for the best, over and over again. It can mean putting the knife to a job you love when it starts ruining relationships you should love more. Euthanizing fruitless pastimes that stunt meaningful growth. There is pain involved, to be sure, but also a kind of miracle: all of those personal ‘deaths’ and buried options give birth to a better person, a well-lived life.
— 2012

COMING SOON...

  • An all-new reboot of my professional photography site. This time I'll be focusing on high-end portraits.
  • I hope to begin recording audio books.

walksomewhere.com

I have traveled quite a bit. This is where I share photos, gear reviews, and thoughts inspired by my journeys. I hope they make you want to walk somewhere, too.