My name is Timmy Brister. I am a Christian who finds his passion around the gospel of Jesus Christ and communicating Christ in our culture. I am a graduate of the University of Mobile (2001) and served in a church plant to develop their student ministry (2001-2004). Currently, I am a student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2004-present). Most recently (March 2008), I accepted the position of associate pastor at Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, Florida. My wife, Dusti, has been God’s gift to me. We have been married since 2003 and have one son, Nolan, who entered our lives on December 18, 2007. Oh, and we have one dog–a pomeranian named Hershey.

I have been blogging since March 2005 (here is my old blog) and moved to WordPress in January 2007. While I am somewhat an active blogger, I hope to be known for my calling as a minister of the gospel, a faithful husband, and a loving father.  On the side, there are several hobbies I enjoy, including photography and cycling.   Having move to Florida, I hope to begin racing in the multi-sport races, beginning with sprint-triathlons and moving ultimately to the Ironman.

When I started blogging, I wrote for the purpose of communicating with friends and family my thoughts on life, God, culture, and theological musings. Within a span of six months, I realized that more people were reading my blog than my mom and dad, so I started to write with more focus and forethought. Since its inception, P&P has changed in numerous ways and continues to develop as I seek to provide a blog that is informative, substantive, and provocative. In general, you can expect to find random posts from topics including the gospel of Jesus Christ, the 2008 Puritan Reading Challenge, Blue Collar Theology, missional Christianity, contemporary theological issues, the SBC, book previews, Reformed theology, and photography.

Here are some other links that may be of some interest to you:

The original Provocations and Pantings
Sola Lumina Captura (my Flickr page)
My LibraryThing
Grace Baptist Church (my church)
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (my school)
Why Pantings?
Why Provocations?

To contact me, please email to outpostministries[at]yahoo[dot]com.

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  • smpiland


    I now have a WordPress Blog: I’ll probably be posting some things on ‘Reforming Reformed Theology’ in the near future. Probably when class here at Southern is concluded.

    Scott Piland

  • We were in Mobile at the same time.

  • Kevin,

    I did not know that! It’s great to meet another one from the Ram Fam (okay, that’s really cheesy). I’d like to hear more of what’s going on in your life. Thanks for the comment.

  • Sue Rieger

    You need to update your Essentials page! It looks like the “have no children” status has changed!

  • Guilty as charged! I promise I am a better daddy than that! Thanks for reminding me Sue.

  • Timmy,

    I would like to send you some information on an upcoming conference we are putting on but need an email address in order to send it to you. The outpostministries one is not giving me access for some reason. you can email me at chadnangela(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Tim,

    I enjoy your clicking around your site. I’m trying to place the “Pierced For Our Transgressions: Defending Penal Substitution” widget on my site ( How did you do that? 🙂 -Erik

  • No worries Tim regarding the “Pierced For Our Transgressions” logo question. Just picked up Blogging for Dummies and put it all together. 🙂 I’m defending penal substitution as well. Great site!

  • Timmy, Are you going to the FIRE Conference in Jacksonville Sept. 15-17 by any chance?