Tony Cartledge is contributing editor and regular columnist for Good Faith Media and weekly curriculum/resource writer for Nurturing Faith Journal and Bible Studies.

  1. What story, verse or passage from your faith tradition’s sacred texts has significantly influenced / shaped your life?

My “go to” text is Micah 6:8, which neatly summarizes what God expects of us – and what I believe we should expect of each other: to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly before God.

  1. Who are three people (other than your family) who have shaped your life and worldview? And why?

Bryan Edwards, my campus minister at the University of Georgia Baptist Student Union when I was there (1969-73). He helped me begin to open my worldview in significant ways.

The late Malcolm Tolbert, one of several influential professors who made my time at Southeastern Seminary (1979-82) a “Camelot” experience. Tolbert taught New Testament. He was open-minded, open-hearted and plain-spoken.

The late Fred Rogers. From the time I first had contact with him in 1994 until his death in 2003, he was (and, I suppose, continues to be), the model of the kind of kind and caring person I aspire to be.

  1. List three of your “desert island” books, movies or TV shows.

I figure there’s be no multimedia on a desert island, so I’d probably take Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker and as many of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels as I could grab.

  1. What is one of the most critical issues people are facing today?

Racial and financial polarities/inequities: that sounds like two, but they’re too intertwined for one to be considered without the other.

  1. What are a few of your hobbies?

Hiking and traveling with Susan, supporting and admiring Susan’s painting, reading, writing for fun and making/bottling/labeling good wine at home (not as quickly or easily as Jesus did).

  1. If you could freeze your life into an already-lived 10 seconds, what would they be?

When Susan and I said, “I do.” (How can a married guy answer this question any other way? – but it’s actually true.)

  1. Our tagline at Good Faith Media is, “There’s more to tell.” What’s your “more to tell”?

There’s more to tell because there’s always more to learn, and if we’re not learning, we’re not growing.

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