About

Brad Hopkins is a Christian, husband, father of five, minister and evangelist, pilot, soldier, writer, and musician.  He has worked with churches in Sioux City, Iowa, Philadelphia, Chicago, and St. Louis.  For the past five years he has worked with the church of Christ on Elm Street in St. Charles, Missouri.  He serves as an officer in the Missouri Army National Guard and holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Lindenwood University.

Averse 2 Square is an outlet for his varied interests and may find its way into a broad range of subjects that do not easily fit into a predefined category.

Why “Averse to Square?”

The name of the blog is borrowed from a line in Robert Frost’s poem, ‘A Brook in the City.”  It reflects the idea of the underpinnings of a town – indeed, the very reason the town exists, but now the brook is driven underground and forgotten and the farmhouse, which was there first, now looks out of place.   The traditions and philosophies of the past that are today being zealously driven out of the public square are actually the foundations of society.  It’s high time we rediscovered them.

A BROOK IN THE CITY
The farmhouse lingers, though averse to square
With the new city street it has to wear
A number in.
But what about the brook
That held the house as in an elbow-crook?
I ask as one who knew the brook, its strength
And impulse, having dipped a finger length
And made it leap my knuckle, having tossed
A flower to try its currents where they crossed.
The meadow grass could be cemented down
From growing under pavements of a town;
The apple trees be sent to hearth-stone flame.
Is water wood to serve a brook the same?
How else dispose of an immortal force
No longer needed?
Staunch it at its source
With cinder loads dumped down?
The brook was thrown
Deep in a sewer dungeon under stone
In fetid darkness still to live and run — And all for nothing it had ever done
Except forget to go in fear perhaps.
No one would know except for ancient maps
That such a brook ran water.
But I wonder If from its being kept forever under,
The thoughts may not have risen that so keep
This new-built city from both work and sleep.
–Robert Frost
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One response to About

  1. 

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