I’ve decided to make my anonymous account no longer anonymous. And so I want to explain a little bit about who I am, why I’ve been anonymous, and why I’ve made this decision.
I initially started this account about two and a half years ago, May of 2016, I believe. I had recently gotten into Twitter, and was enjoying a lot of anonymous Christian accounts like Coolvinism, Seminary Girl, etc. I wanted to tweet about the faith, the scriptures, life in the church, while cracking jokes along the way. Anonymous Christian twitter was a forum in which I could do that. It also made sense to me, since I didn’t feel like inundating my personal twitter feed with obscure church history jokes. I have some friends who would appreciate that, but not many. Being anonymous has also just kind of been fun. I thought I could get more follows and such if I had some kind of anonymous label, than if I was just some random dude talking about stuff.
So those are a lot of the reasons why I started an anonymous account and why I’ve kept it anonymous.
My intention was never to hide who I was or what I was saying, which brings me to why I have decided to make my account no longer anonymous (does that mean my account is now “onymous”? Is that a word?). I recognize that there are many (obviously, not all) who use anonymous accounts as a way to hide who they are and what they’re saying. Many even use this anonymity to be able to safely attack people while hiding behind a screen. I pride myself in always trying to treat anyone and everyone on twitter just as I would treat them in real life. When having theological debates, I always try to approach things kindly and compassionately. I generally try to avoid things like subtweeting, publicly criticizing people, etc. I want my presence on twitter to be a light and a blessing to people, instead of adding to the nastiness and vitriol that is often so ubiquitous.
I’ve also come to a point where it doesn’t feel like it makes sense for me to be anonymous anymore. A lot of people already know who I am on twitter. Most of my friends from seminary know and there are several others as well. I also try to not tweet anything that I wouldn’t tweet were I not anonymous, whether that’s tweeting negatively about specific situations in real life, or saying something that I don’t want attached to my name and reputation. So then, what’s really the point of being anonymous?
Going forward, I don’t expect to change anything about how I tweet or what I tweet, although I think that not being anonymous will make me even more careful and conscientious about what I say online, which can only be a good thing. I’m going to keep all the Hipster Lutheran branding and such, I will just not hide my actual identity. I plan to continue doing weekly blogs and have some plans to hopefully branch out into some other projects eventually, e.g. podcasting.
Who I Am
Anyway, here I am. My name is Kendall Davis and I grew up in the NW suburbs of Houston, TX. I was raised LCMS and started thinking seriously about becoming a pastor when I was a freshman in high school. I eventually decided to attend undergrad at Concordia University Irvine (a great school by the way) at the recommendation of my then pastor. While at CUI I was a double-major in theatre and biblical languages while in the pre-sem program. Initially when I started at CUI I was more interested in systematic theology, but since I knew that I was going to have to know Greek and Hebrew before I went to seminary (Greek and Hebrew are pre-requisites at both LCMS seminaries), I decided to go ahead and major in biblical languages so that I’d have a pretty solid foundation in the languages before I went to seminary. I figured I’d learn plenty of theology at seminary anyway. While I was at CUI I had some amazing professors who really opened my eyes to biblical and exegetical theology. My interests shifted very quickly and I became just completely engrossed in reading, understanding, and teaching the scriptures. I ate up linguistics and language theory, hermeneutics, Old Testament, New Testament, biblical theology, you name it. I loved it. And all of this really helped to direct my own research interests and learning over the next several years.
In 2016 I graduated from CUI and enrolled in the MDiv program at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Both seminaries are great, but this was the one for me. This was also the time that I started my twitter account and this blog. So, at the time of this writing, I am currently in the third year of my program, which is called the vicarage year. This is basically a 12-month long internship that we go on during the third year of seminary. So we have two years of classes, one year of vicarage, and then one final year of classes before receiving a call. I’m serving my vicarage in Wichita, KS and it’s been going quite well. All in all, my time in seminary so far has gone very well. It has been quite different than my program at CUI, but still wonderful and has helped me to grow in my pastoral formation, both intellectually and otherwise.
I’m looking forward to what God has in store for me in the future and I pray that he may use me to build up his church in whatever way that I am able.
If you have any questions feel free to ask here, on twitter, by email, or my curious cat: https://curiouscat.me/hipsterlutheran