I live in Fairfax County, Virginia, which was the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States, and of George Mason, the author of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Since then, we haven’t done much, but I’m not going to apologize. We’re not lazy, we’re just stuck in rush-hour traffic. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and my Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Do not allow my persuasive writing style to overcome your skepticism: weigh my words, check my facts, and accept only what passes muster. Don’t agree with me without first putting me to the test, which is your duty according to 1 John 4:1-3.
I affirm that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that we are saved in order to serve (Ephesians 2:8-10). I affirm the incarnation, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and His lordship over all things. I look forward to the resurrection on the last day.
In my website, I attempt to represent the Universal Church rather than my denomination. Accordingly, the material that you find on this website is ecumenically broad and historically deep. I have tried my best to make sure that the material is well-researched, accurate, compelling, and accessible to everyone. Nevertheless, if you believe you have found a mistake, please let me know right away.
Please feel free to correspond with me; I’ll give you the best response I can as promptly as possible.
Serving you since 1995!
Ken Collins’ Website was born on 5 December 1995, and it received its domain name (www.kencollins.com) on 10 September 1996. It has been on the web longer than Wikipedia, YouTube, or Facebook!
This website contains over 1,100 files, which is the equivalent of at least 3,300 printed pages. When I update my website, it’s not always to add a new article. Quite often I revise the existing articles to correct errors and typos, fix broken links, reword unclear points, include more details, or try to make the text more readable.
When I began, there were no tools for building websites or blogs. (In fact, there were no blogs yet.) Anyone who wanted a website had to write all the code themselves—and that included me. Now I’m stuck with writing all the HTML and software myself. If you believe that any part of my website looks or behaves incorrectly, let me know.
I designed this website to look and work the same in any browser. Writing a website used to be very difficult, because the web browsers didn’t comply with the few standards that existed back then. Today, web standards have settled down and everyone has finally seen the benefit of complying with them. However, there is still change. Browsers are constantly being updated, not just to improve compliance with standards, but to fix security problems, and to implement new technologies. It doesn’t matter much any more which browser you use, but it is important to keep it up to date.
If you are still using Internet Explorer, stop. Not even Microsoft wants you to use it.
Promises about Web Design, Page Layout, and Color Choices
There are fads in web design and layout that I do not like and will not implement in my website.
Hanna-Barbera design, my name for “flat design”
Designers think it is modern, but I think it comes from subconscious nostalgia for the Saturday-morning cartoons of the 1960s, such as Yogi Bear and Deputy Dawg. The problem with the flat design is that there are fewer visual cues, making the website harder to use.
This is a crude name for a crude layout. You see this on some websites and on applications for smart phones. There is no real structure. All the information is on one page, which you have to scroll, and scroll, and scroll, and scroll, and scroll to find the content you want. Some of my pages might be long, but not to an extreme. The glossary pages might be an exception, but it is driven by the content and the entries are in alphabetical order.
It’s all the rage these days to use bright, garish colors that don’t contrast well. My website will never blind you with Lipstick Red on huge expanses of Searchlight White, and I’ll never make you squint to read whitish blue text on a bluish white background.
If you want to reprint essays from this website…
You can make copies of the essays in my website for your personal use. For instance, you can print them out for future reference or to show them to someone. Some browsers will only print out the first page. If you have problems, there is a work-around. First, open your word processor and create a new, blank document. Then switch back to the browser, press CTRL+A to highlight all the text on the page (or you can just highlight the portion you want), CTRL+C to copy it, then switch to the document and press CTRL+V. Then you can save it and print it. If you use a Macintosh, as I do, follow those instructions, but use the Command key instead of the Control key.
The following provisions deal with public use.
I hereby grant you a copyright license to reprint the essays you find on Ken Collins’ Website. (For this purpose, the term ‘essay’ includes the fictional stories.) You can read them to a group, you can reprint them, or you can print out and distribute as many copies as you like, as long as you honor these guidelines:
Do not make any substantive changes in the text.
Mention the source whenever you read it out loud to a group.
If you have any questions, or this license doesn’t cover your situation, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would also enjoy receiving a copy of any publication that reprints my essays (but that is not required).