About me

I’m the author of a forthcoming book with David C. Cook, presenting a more holistic gospel story for kids (and their parents). My wife of 11+ years and I have a three year-old daughter and one more on the way. In addition to this space, I periodically blog for the Huffington Post. My writings have also appeared on AlterNet, QIdeas, Christian.co.uk, and Duke University’s Faith and Leadership.

What I write about
I write about nurturing our kids’ faith… a vibrant, progressive faith for the real world. (As a parent, this is what keeps me up at night.) For me, the Christian gospel can’t be reduced to a set of spiritual laws, to a decision, or a formula. I believe it’s something best shared by telling our story and nurturing our kids’ natural curiosity — not by clobbering them with answers to questions they haven’t asked.

The gospel I believe in has nothing to do with fighting a culture war or excluding certain groups of people. It has nothing to do with maintaining power for a privileged few. It has nothing to do with forcing people to make a false choice between science and faith. It has everything to do with caring for the poor, repairing what’s broken, and inviting everyone to the table. The gospel I believe in is the story of God rescuing his good world, bringing heaven to earth, making all things new.

Other stuff I’ve done
In 2012, I helped a couple of pastor friends launch a campaign called Election Day Communion. Around 900 churches voted to subvert the toxic, polarizing atmosphere of American politics by sharing communion together on election night.

Several years ago, I created a bestselling book called The Story (Zondervan, 2005), a 400-page abridgment of the Bible, presented like a novel. I also co-wrote Fascinating People of the Biblea 365-day devotional looking at some of the more famous (and some of the lesser known) characters from the scriptures.

I spent about four years as a writer for the humanitarian nonprofit World Vision. I studied theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and political science at Taylor University. I spent my formative years in the borderlands between evangelicalism and fundamentalism. As a young adult, I was briefly a member of the “young, restless, and reformed” crowd. Then I recovered my faith at a place called Mars Hill (the Michigan one). While living in the UK, my wife and I fell in love with the Anglican tradition. In 2011, we were confirmed in the Episcopal Church.

I’ve shared parts of my story on this blog, including my journey in and out of Calvinism, how I came to embrace gender equality, and my experience with the evangelical “culture wars” and how I finally learned to put down the political hatchet.

In my spare time, I run and brew my own beer (and hope those two activities somehow manage to cancel each other out).